java logo Jury finds Google infringed Oracles Java copyright

The jury in the Oracle versus Google trial has found that Google infringed the copyright of Java, which Oracle acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems in 2009.

The jury in the Oracle versus Google trial has found that Google infringed the copyright of Java, which Oracle acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems in 2009.

 
The San Francisco jury agreed with Oracle's claims that Google infringed its copyright on three charges, but found in favour of Google on two others. 
 
There was disagreement over whether or not Google's actions fall under “fair use” laws. The judge, William Alsup, said that there is “zero finding of liability on any copyright so far,” citing the defence of “fair use” as being still in play.
 
java logo Jury finds Google infringed Oracles Java copyright
 
Oracle wants $1 billion in compensation over the affair, but the infringed copyright, which only amounts to nine lines of Java code employed in Android, can only result in statutory damages ranging from $200 to $150,000.
 
While it looks like a victory for Oracle, the potential damages it will gain are extremely small compared to what it was looking for. Google wants a mistrial declared, in which case it won't have to pay anything.
 
The trial is not over yet, however. A second phase, involving the same jury, will cover Oracle's claims that Google infringed two of Oracle's Java patents in Android.
 
Source: BBC