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Experts weigh in after Supreme Court expands the terms of fair use of API code


The Supreme Court made it easier for software companies to claim fair use when copying work from other firms in a decision Monday in a Google v. Oracle case. This was the end of a 10-year legal battle over Google's use of Oracle's Java API in building the Android operating system.

If Oracle had won the case, Google could have been liable for copyright infringement, experts said. In the ruling, the justices said that fair use has "an important role to play for computer programs by providing a context-based check that keeps the copyright monopoly afforded to computer programs within its lawful bounds."

J. Michael Keyes, an intellectual property attorney at Dorsey & Whitney, said the decision wiped away a claim for damages against Google that could have reached into the billions. Keyes also said the ruling represents the biggest copyright decision in a generation because it shows ...


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