Week 8. Media Law

by Dmitry Dolgopolov

In the August of 2015 Oracle sued Google accusing it of violating Oracle’s copyrights and patents around Java while developing Android OS.

When Google first announced plans to develop Android in 2007, Oracle was concerned. If you don’t know, the slogan of Java is “write once, run anywhere”. So, Google implemented Java language and obviously changed and adjusted it for their needs.

Of course, Java has been forked and fragmented many times over the years, destroying the “write once run anywhere” promise of the technology with different implementations on different computing platforms. Still, Oracle, on behalf of Sun, is arguing that Java is a mobile operating system competitor against Android, and that Google is using Java-derived technologies without a proper license.

During both of two trials Oracle tried to convince the court that Google violated their intellectual property though the jury found that Android does not infringe Oracle-owned copyrights because its re-implementation of 37 Java APIs is protected by fair use. Oracle officially filed its appeal on October 26, 2016. And as you can guess there is going to be another trial.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oracle_America,_Inc._v._Google,_Inc.

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