Google has just. The company has been locked in a decade-long battle with Oracle over its Java code in earlier . Oracle sued Google after purchasing Sun Microsystems, which platform. stole its property when it copied code based on Java APIs to develop Android and attract developers, seeking almost $9 billion in damages.
Meanwhile,code lines were fair use and that software APIs aren’t subject to legal copyright protection. Google’s SVP of Global Affairs, Kent Walker, told that Oracle’s suit “would introduce new friction for interoperability,” describing how APIs allow the software to be used to connect to other programs and devices. As Jerry Hildenbrand stated last year when he explained the battle, Oracle’s lawsuit would more or less hinder innovation and restrict programs from working with each other.
After muchin lower courts battles, the Supreme Court finally took Google’s side with its ruling on Monday:
Google’s copying of the Java SE API, which included only those lines of code that were needed to allow programmers to put their accrued talents toprogram, was a fair use of that material as a matter of law.
The Supreme court found that Google’s own “reimplementation” of the code used in thewas necessary to allow programmers to work within different computing environments while keeping them interoperable. The ruling reads that “as part of an interface, the copied lines are inherently bound together with uncopyrightable ideas….and the creation of new creative expression.” Furthermore, the code in question only accounted for about 0.4 of the API at issue and thus “should be viewed as a small part of the considerably greater whole.”
Dorian Daley, Oracle’s executive vice president, and general counsel, expressed his disappointment in a statement posted to the:
litigating as only a monopolist can. This behavior is exactly why regulatory authorities around the world and in the United States are examining practices.
Google, meanwhile, is, particularly for what it means for the future of computing: