Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc., Case3:10-cv-03561-WHA Document1202 Filed 05/31/12: “In 2007, Google Inc., announced its Android software platform for mobile devices. In 2010, Oracle Corporation acquired Sun Microsystems, Inc., and thus acquired Suns interest in the popular programming language known as Java, a language used in Android. Sun was renamed Oracle America, Inc. Shortly thereafter, Oracle America (hereinafter simply Oracle) sued defendant Google and accused its Android platform as infringing Oracles Java-related copyrights and patents. Both Java and Android are complex platforms. Both include virtual machines, development and testing kits, and application programming interfaces, also known as APIs. Oracles copyright claim involves 37 packages in the Java API. Copyrightability of the elements replicated is the only issue addressed by this order…This order does not hold that Java API packages are free for all to use without license. It does not hold that the structure, sequence and organization of all computer programs may be stolen. Rather, it holds on the specific facts of this case, the particular elements replicated by Google were free for all to use under the Copyright Act. Therefore, Oracles claim based on Googles copying of the 37 API packages, including their structure, sequence and organization is DISMISSED. To the extent stated herein, Googles Rule 50 motions regarding copyrightability are GRANTED (Dkt. Nos. 984, 1007). Googles motion for a new trial on copyright infringement is DENIED AS MOOT (Dkt. No. 1105).”
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