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Oracle's lawyers are going after Google, again

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February 13, 2017

Oracle's legal department today said it's going after Google again. This time, it alleges that Android's Java framework is infringing on Oracle's copyrights.

According to a lengthy court document filed by Oracle, the software giant will once again make its case heard that Google violated copyrights it holds on specific Java libraries used at the core of the framework.

The company claims it should get another trial because it wasn't able to present evidence in the first handful of cases that it says might help it win this time.

"Although Oracle is fully entitled to judgment on the evidence the jury has already heard, Oracle's actual case against fair use was far stronger," the filing reads.

"At every turn and in countless ways, the district court issued rulings that obstructed Oracle's case," the filing asserted.

This court case is the latest in the years-long war between Google and Oracle over several allegations that Google used Oracle-copyrighted software APIs to create its Android-Java operating system.

Google prevailed twice in court showdowns, most recently winning an appeal in the United States Northern District of California.

Google was then able to demonstrate that its use of the Java software interfaces was fair use under current U.S. copyright law.

This time, Oracle argues that Google's wins should not stand up in a court of appeals.

"In the first instance trial of this case, the jury found that Google's Android software infringes Oracle's copyrights in the Java Standard Edition platform but hung on the question of whether Google's copying was fair use," Oracle said in its filing.

"After the trial, the district court held that the portions of the Java technology that Google copied were not entitled to copyright protection and entered judgment for Google," added Oracle's legal department.

The case 'Oracle Inc vs Google Inc' will be heard by the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in the Northern District of California. As is always the case in most legal matters, Google declined to comment to our RFC.

This isn't the first lawsuit from Oracle against a major software company and it sure won't be the last either. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how this one unfolds.

Source: Oracle.


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