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Technology Google and Oracle copyright fight is headed to the Supreme Court

22:50  15 november  2019
22:50  15 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Oracle sued Google in 2010 over copyright and patent infringement allegations for its use of the Java programming language in Android, now the "We welcome the Supreme Court 's decision to review the case and we hope that the Court reaffirms the importance of software interoperability in American

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide a copyright case between Google and Oracle .Credit Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times.

The US Supreme Court on Friday said it would hear a multi-billion dollar copyright case between tech giants Google and Oracle that dates back to 2010.

a large white building with United States Supreme Court Building in the background: The copyright dispute dates back to 2010. CNET/Marguerite Reardon© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The copyright dispute dates back to 2010. CNET/Marguerite Reardon

A federal appeals court in 2018 determined that Google's use of Java software from Oracle went beyond the bounds of fair use. The ruling overturned one issued in Google's favor in 2016. Google appealed the case to the Supreme Court after the federal appeals court declined to rehear the case. Oracle had previously asked for $8.8 billion in damages.

Oracle sued Google in 2010 over copyright and patent infringement allegations for its use of the Java programming language in Android, now the world's most popular mobile operating system. Oracle obtained the rights to Java when it acquired Sun Microsystems.

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But Oracle appealed the copyright ruling, and the feud descended into legal purgatory. A Federal Circuit court — known for specializing in patent But after years of muddling through lower courts , this is the endgame for Oracle and Google . And the Supreme Court will have to decide on two big

Google v. Oracle is the latest iteration of an almost decade-long fight , and it hinges on two basic questions: can you copyright the building blocks of a Google has won two decisions in lower courts , and Oracle has gotten them overturned twice at an appellate level. If the Supreme Court lets that

Google has said that under fair use laws it didn't need a license for the open-source software.

"We welcome the Supreme Court's decision to review the case and we hope that the Court reaffirms the importance of software interoperability in American competitiveness," said Kent Walker, Google's senior vice president of global affairs, in an emailed statement on Friday. "Developers should be able to create applications across platforms and not be locked into one company's software."

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Oracle didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Alphabet Inc.’s Google urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that the company’s use of Oracle Corp.’s software for the Android mobile operating system violated copyrights, in a case that may reshape legal protections for software code. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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