Oracle wins copyright case on Google over Android

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US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington has decided that Oracle’s charge that Google has infringed upon its copyright over certain Associated Programming Interfaces, APIs used in the writing of Android, the smartphone operating system.

“We conclude that a set of commands to instruct a computer to carry out desired operations may contain expression that is eligible for copyright protection,” Federal Circuit Judge Kathleen O’Malley declared.

Oracle has filed a complaint on Google saying that it has used parts of Oracle’s own Java programming into Google’s Android OS in 2010, and demanded $1 billion in compensation. Earlier a San Francisco district judge had ruled in favor of Google saying that Oracle cannot claim copyright on parts of Java. The present bench has felt that the decision is erroneous.

“What we have is a decision that will definitely shake up the software industry,” said Pamela Samuelson, a law professor who supported Google in the case.

Decision on Oracle’s compensation claim is yet to be decided.

Medaram Jathara

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