0

May 27, 2016 AT 9:41 am

Android Safe for Now: Jury Unanimously Backs Google versus Oracle in Ongoing Java Dispute

A woman holds her smart phone which displays the Google home page, in this picture illustration taken February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Illustration/File Photo

After nearly six years and two lawsuits – not to mention multiple millions of dollars in legal fees – Google was awarded what amounts to a second legal win in their $9B defense of the Android ecosystem against licensing claims by Oracle. A jury unanimously upheld Google’s ‘fair-use’ of Java to power Android. Reuters reports,

A U.S. jury handed Google (GOOGL.O) a major victory on Thursday in a long-running copyright battle with Oracle Corp (ORCL.N) over Android software used to run most of the world’s smartphones.

The jury unanimously upheld claims by Google that its use of Oracle’s Java development platform to create Android was protected under the fair-use provision of copyright law, bringing trial to a close without Oracle winning any of the $9 billion in damages it requested.

Independent of each of our positions on this outcome, Google continue to be a prime supporter of open-source development, sponsoring nearly one-third of the companies on the Open Source Initiative’s list of Affiliates. Hardware and software initiatives alike may seek to further clarify their definitions.

Read the full Reuters report; Ars Technica have a report on this judgement with a running summary at the bottom with previous reporting on the case.


Check out all the Circuit Playground Episodes! Our new kid’s show and subscribe!

Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Learn resistor values with Mho’s Resistance or get the best electronics calculator for engineers “Circuit Playground”Adafruit’s Apps!


Maker Business — Transforming Today’s Bad Jobs into Tomorrow’s Good Jobs

Wearables — Snap a picture

Electronics — To Y5V or not to Y5V?

Biohacking — Ticks are Spreading an Allergy to Meat

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.