May 25

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Google closes the legal war with Oracle

Google lawyer Robert Van Nest made his closing argument yesterday, asking the jurors to clear Android of copyright infringement allegations as a matter of “fairness and fair use.”

In this six-year-old lawsuit, Oracle argued that Google’s use of 37 Java APIs in Android infringed copyrights that they acquired when it purchased Sun Microsystems.


Van Nest claimed that the Java language was free, and the APIs have always been treated by Sun as open, along with the language. However, an appeals court has already found that APIs can indeed be copyrighted. So, unless the jury finds that Google’s use of APIs was “fair use,” Oracle will win damages, and the company is hoping to ask for as much as $9 billion.

Such a result would be without any doubt the biggest copyright verdict ever. It is vastly larger than the $1.3 billion copyright verdict Oracle won against SAP in 2010, which at the time was said to be the largest copyright verdict ever.


Oracle is an American multinational computer technology corporation, specialised in developing and marketing database software and technology, cloud engineered systems and enterprise software products. Along with Microsoft they are the largest software maker by revenue.

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