Google won a huge victory on April 5 in its legal dispute with Oracle. The US Supreme Court considered using Oracle Corp's source code to develop the Android operating system - used in most smartphones worldwide - does not violate federal copyright law. In addition to resolving a multibillion-dollar dispute between the tech giants, the decision helps confirm a long-standing development practice. software. However, the Court refused to consider the broader question of whether APIs are copyrighted.
Oracle has filed a lawsuit against Google in the US Supreme Court alleging unfair competition and breach of copyright law, claiming more than $ 8 billion..
By a vote of 6 to 2, the judges overturned a lower court ruling in favor of Oracle.
The two California-based tech giants, who together have annual revenues of more than $ 175 billion, have been at loggerheads since 2010, when the latter went to court against the former, accusing it of copyright infringement. Oracle wanted to clarify whether Google had the right to copy part of the Java programming language to develop its own Android system.
With the decision of the US Federal Court, Google avoids the payment of a possibly very large amount requested by Oracle, citing the damages it suffered. Initially, Oracle claimed payment 8 billions of dollars, but according to two people familiar with the case, the new estimates even spoke of $ 20-30 billion.
In its lawsuit, Oracle accused Google of plagiarism, namely that it copied 11.330 lines of code and how it was organized to create Android, through which it earned billions of dollars in revenue. Android, for which millions of applications have been developed to date, is now used in 70% of smartphones worldwide.
Google, for its part, said it did not copy a program but used elements of the Java programming language needed to run a computer program or platform.
Federal copyright law does not cover "operating methods" and therefore Google made proper use of the code, the court ruled according to Reuters.
However, Google will once again sit in court, as last October the US Department of Justice accused the company, whose market value reaches $ 1 trillion, for violating competition rules.