Is Google using ‘fair use’ as an excuse?
Yesterday, a jury in a California District Federal court threw out Oracle’s claim that Google stole code and abused copyrighted information. The judge declared that the search giant’s use of code in Android was fair use, not theft, which frees the tech giant of any liability whatsoever.
Oracle originally filed the lawsuit in 2010, claiming that Google had stolen key elements from their application and incorporated these features into Android. The battle has been raging ever since, and Oracle was seeking just short of $9 billion for the improper use of their code.
In 2014, a federal appeals court determined that Oracle may have a viable copyright claim on the API code. But, the courts have sided with search engine giant after their convincing excuse of ‘fair use’, ultimately allowing use of the code without invalidating Oracle’s copyright.
In a statement, Robert Van Nest Google’s lead lawyer said, ”we’re grateful for the jury’s verdict.”
A Google spokesperson added…
“Today’s verdict that Android makes fair use of Java APIs represents a win for the Android ecosystem, for the Java programming community, and for software developers who rely on open and free programming languages to build innovative consumer products.”
Comments from Oracle were very much opposing, Dorian Daley, Oracle’s general counsel, offered the following retort: