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Google 'infringed' Oracle's Java in split trial result

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Internet giant Google has been found guilty of breaching copyright in a case brought by Oracle over its Java programming language.

But the US jury but was unable to agree on whether Google's actions constituted "fair use" under copyright law.

Oracle was asking for $1bn (£630m) in compensation in one of the biggest such technology lawsuits to date.

The language is used by many business applications as well as other software, such as the video game Minecraft.

The jury in San Francisco were asked to consider four questions on Oracle's claim that Google violated several of its patents and copyrights, but could only agree on the three.

Oracle claimed Google's Android system infringes intellectual property rights relating to the programming language.

Java history

The case did not centre on Google's use of Java itself - which is free for anyone to use without licence - but rather the Android-maker's use of 37 application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow developers to write Java-compatible code.

Java was first released in 1995 and allows software to be run across computer platforms, rather than just being limited to one type of operating system.

Oracle - a business hardware and software provider - inherited the intellectual properties when it took over Java's original developer, Sun Microsystems, in 2009.

Oracle argued that by using its intellectual property, and then giving Android away for free, Google undermined the possibility of it licensing Java to mobile phone makers.

[source : BBC News]

So, what does this mean for Android?

Edited by PsYcHoKiLLa

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Did not expect that result, though I don't imagine this being the end of Android or anything dramatic like that.

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They knew this was probably going to happen. When they first went to court with Oracle they stated Google Dart: http://googlecode.bl...ctured-web.html

Ensure that Dart delivers high performance on all modern web browsers and environments ranging from small handheld devices to server-side execution.

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