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Google scores victory: judge rules APIs not copyrightable

Google scores victory: judge rules APIs not copyrightable

Last week the jury in the Google vs Oracle trial ruled that Google did not infringe any of Oracle’s patents, and more news has now come out of the case. The judge has ruled that APIs are not copyrightable, marking the first time a court has addressed this specific issue. The judge decided that as long as the underlying code that is written is different, “anyone is free under the Copyright Act to write his or her own code to carry out exactly the same function or specification of any methods used in the Java API.”

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Pro-Google jury doubted Oracle all along says foreman

Pro-Google jury doubted Oracle all along says foreman

Oracle faced a stronger than expected challenge convincing the jury in the Android case that Google had willfully infringed Java patents, post-trial comments have revealed, with most leaning heavily toward the search company throughout the case. Despite earlier speculation that the 12-strong jury was looking negatively on Google's arguments, jury foreman Greg Thompson told Ars Technica that in fact it was a 9-3 split in Google's favor on copyright issues. There are also suggestions that Oracle's stance left some on the jury feeling the company's strategies weren't in the public's best interest.

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Jury says Google doesn’t infringe on Oracle patents

Jury says Google doesn’t infringe on Oracle patents

In the case of Oracle versus Google, it appears that the jury's verdict is out and it's favoring Google. Reports are just coming out now from the San Francisco court room, where the jury has already been dismissed and the third phase of the trial, which would determine the damages payable to Oracle, has been canceled.

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Oracle-Google jury mulls patent claims

Oracle-Google jury mulls patent claims

The case of Oracle against Google is going into its second phase of deliberations with the jury now mulling over the verdict for Oracle's patent claims. The jury has already given a partial verdict on the copyright allegations last week. The third and final phase after patents will be a verdict on damages.

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Oracle Android argument flounders thanks to coder Judge

Oracle Android argument flounders thanks to coder Judge

Oracle has encountered an unforeseen issue in its ongoing Android Java suit against Google: a judge who himself codes, and knows the potential value of "stolen" code. Judge William Alsup challenged Oracle's lead lawyer David Boies over his suggestion that Google copied Java code so as to reduce the time that it took Android to get to market, Groklaw reports, insisting that in fact the relevant lines could be cooked up from scratch in exactly the same time. "The idea that someone would copy that when they could do it themselves just as fast," Alsup  pointed out, "it was an accident. There's no way you could say that was speeding them along to the marketplace."

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Java judge scolds Oracle for Google fair-use ruling desperation

Java judge scolds Oracle for Google fair-use ruling desperation

Oracle has been spanked by the judge in the Android Java case for flip-flopping on its demands for a jury verdict, telling the firm he won't rule on whether Google overstepped "fair use" in its code. The ongoing lawsuit was thrown into confusion earlier this week, when the jury decided it could not settle on whether Google's use of certain lines of Java code in among Android counted as fair-use or not. Oracle's legal team subsequently pressured Judge William Alsup to make a "judgment as a matter of law" himself.

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Google’s Andy Rubin claims no prior knowledge of Oracle patents

Google’s Andy Rubin claims no prior knowledge of Oracle patents

The legal back and forth between Oracle and Google continues as the trial begins the patent phase in earnest. When called to testify by the plaintiff, Google's Vice President of Mobile Andy Rubin stated that he and his team of engineers had no knowledge of the two Sun Microsystems patents that Oracle claims Android's Dalvik virtual machine violates. Rubin founded Android, Inc., which was acquired by Google in 2005. Oracle's patents were filed by Sun, which the company bought in 2010.

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Google demands Oracle Android retrial

Google demands Oracle Android retrial

The Google and Oracle case rages on, with the judge trying to move things swiftly along by moving to the second phase of the trial, which turns it focus towards any patent infringement. Google has a different plan: demand a new trial. The search company brought a formal motion last night to start a new trial regarding the alleged API infringement.

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Oracle targets Dalvik VM as Google case continues

Oracle targets Dalvik VM as Google case continues

Though the first portion of the Oracle vs Google case ended on something of a hollow victory for Oracle, the networking giant intends to plow on with its patent claims in the second section. Oracle's attorneys contend that the Dalvik virtual machine used to speed up Android's processes infringes on two of the patents that it inherited from Sun Microsystems after they purchased the company. Damages nad payments, if any are deemed necessary, will be decided in the third portion.

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Oracle vs Google suit could set dangerous API openness precedent

Oracle vs Google suit could set dangerous API openness precedent

The Google vs Oracle trial could have serious and long-lasting implications for app developers and manufacturers, experts have warned, with decisions around fair-use of APIs potentially casting coders into the morass of copyright hell. "Treating APIs as copyrightable would have a profound negative impact on interoperability, and, therefore, innovation" Julie Samuels, staff attorney at the Electronics Frontier Foundation, said of the decision. Presiding Judge William Alsup has said he will rule on whether APIs come under fair-use before the trial is out.

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