Oracle and Google May Have Worked out a Copyright Truce (Temporarily)

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  1. dgstorm

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    For the last couple of weeks, Oracle and Google have been locked in a legal battle in San Francisco to determine the outcome of Oracle's claim that Google violated Oracle's copyrights and copied several lines of Java code when Google created the Android OS. It now seems as if things are close to a temporary resolution, and the two sides may have a pseudo-truce. The proceedings have been very complex, but we will attempt to break it down to its simplest terms.
    • Oracle sues Google over copyright infringement of 37 Java APIs, and also claims that 9 lines of Java code were stolen. (Oracle must prove that this infringement and theft occurred, that the Java code was in fact copyrightable, and that "fair use" was violated, meaning that Google profited from it and it hurt Oracle in the process.)
    • The Jury comes back agreeing that some of Oracle's copyrights were likely infringed upon, and that the code was lifted, but that Oracle could not prove "fair use."
    • Oracle’s attorney, David Boies, argues that his client was entitled to “some portion of Android revenue” as compensation for the infringement.
    • Judge Alsup, (who also happens to be an amateur programmer and code-jockey himself), retorts with “There’s no way you could make that argument,” he said to Boies Tuesday afternoon. “You’re one of the best lawyers in America — how can you make that argument?” The judge basically came to the conclusion that it makes no sense for Google to have intentionally taken the time to steal those 9 lines of code, when it would have simply been faster to create it themselves, and that it was merely a coincidental accident that the code was the same.
    Now, things have come to a partial conclusion, although a final ruling has not been handed down just yet. Here's a quote from the original story on Wired.com with the final details,

    It looks like we are close to a resolution of the events, and that the likely outcome could be what amounts to a mild slap-on-the-wrist victory for Google.

    Source: Wired
     
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    That can only happen in a legal battle that Apple is not a part of... the two side will reach an agreement and settle peacefully.. Now we need to wait for Apple to sue Oracle for suing Google's Android cause they probably have a patent pending on suing for anything Android related... :blink:
     
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    Whatever happens.....just give me my damn Android!!!!!

    Seriously...Android has come so far in a short amount of time. Looking back on my Droid 1 with 2.0.1..yes it has 2.0.1 on it right now, long story.....to the G Nex with ICS......wow. Dont hurt Android's future.....please.
     
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    is anyone else (at least mildly) impressed that the judge has a CLUE about what this trial is about? Being, as the OP states, an amateur coder of sorts, has got to lend quite a bit of credibility to this trial. It seems as though so many of Apples' claims/trials/outcomes make you shake your head and say "WTF was that judge THINKING?!". It doesn't look like that would be the case here - kind of nice to see!
     
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    Yes it is definitely nice to see that this is finally coming to an end jerkwad. HAhaha that didn't sound right. By yea that is pretty sweet that the judge is into coding. If only ALL judges were into coding, then I'm pretty sure, and I'm gonna go out on a limb here, the justice and litigation system as a whole wouldn't be as screwed up and justice would get served where due, sprinkled with common sense.:icon_eek:
     
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    I agree. It is not impossible for two people to write the same code especially if its two companies. What it means is that it was probably done right both times.
     
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    in this case, i believe, the code was written by the SAME person while working for each company at different times in his career - i am 99% certain i read that somewhere else - which makes it even more difficult to argue against google's use of the code. if anything, the employee was guilty of plagiarizing himself and stealing his OWN code/idea! How this article is not somehow related to Apple escapes me ;-)