San Francisco jury clears Google of copyright infringement in Oracle lawsuit over Java
In a Thursday ruling which marks a huge win for Google and its legal team, a jury in San Francisco cleared the company of copyright infringement in a lawsuit which was filed by Oracle back in 2010, over Google's use of Oracle's Java programming language in its Android mobile operating system.
Via its lawsuit against Google, Oracle was seeking damages of up to $9 million.
In its verdict, the jury -- comprising eight women and two men -- said that the use of Java APIs by Google is legal. The verdict is expected to have significant implications for the future of software development.
After taking three days for deliberation to reach its verdict, the jury said on Thursday that though the Java APIs used by Google in the Android OS were copyrighted, Google had implemented them under the 'fair use' doctrine of copyright law. In other words, the jury said that it was not obligatory on the part of Google to seek permission from Oracle for using the Java APIs.
In reaction to the jury's verdict, the displeased Oracle lawyers said that the company would continue its battle against Google, apparently by filing an appeal in the US appeals court in Washington, D. C. Towards that end, Oracle General Counsel Dorian Daley said in a written statement: "We believe there are numerous grounds for appeal and we plan to bring this case back to the Federal Circuit on appeal."
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