Open source legal victory: Java APIs are fair use

Google beat Oracle in the arguing with the experts and the law and the arguing.

During the trial, Oracle argued that Google copied parts of Java API packages as well as related
declaring code, in order to take a “shortcut at Oracle’s expense.” As Android prospered, Oracle’s Java licensing business, centered largely around feature-phones, cratered.

“They copied 11,500 lines of code,” Oracle attorney Peter Bicks said during closing arguments. “It’s undisputed. They took the code, they copied it, and put it right into Android.”

Google countered that the Java language has always been “free and open” to use—and that included re-implementing Java APIs.


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Cory’s got your back on this one…

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:wink: Mine’s shorter.

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