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U.S. Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Google In Java Software Code Lawsuit


The U.S. Supreme Court in a ruling on Monday sided with Google in a copyright dispute with Oracle ending a decade-long battle over copied Java API codes while building the Android operating system.

This decision also overturns an earlier federal court ruling that found the search giant’s use of the API constituting infringement.

For those unaware, Oracle had filed a legal lawsuit against Google in 2010 in San Francisco federal court accusing it of infringing Oracle’s copyright by copying the “structure, sequence, and organization” of 37 separate Java application programming interfaces (APIs) into Android. It was seeking a $9 billion pay-day in the copyright case.

APIs allow programmers to call upon prewritten packages of computer code for use in their own programs, websites, or apps.

Oracle has accused Google of illegally copying roughly 11,500 lines of Java API code to develop Android, which powers more than ...


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