Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has gone to the nation’s highest court as it seeks to overturn an earlier appeals court ruling that found it guilty of infringing copyrights belonging to Oracle. TheStreet’s Brittany Umar reports that Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) is seeking up to $1 billion in damages from Google, as a result of the infringement.
“The ruling stems back from 2010 Lawsuit Oracle brought against Google accusing the search giant of copyright infringement for using parts of Java in its Android technology. A San Francisco court said that Oracle couldn’t claim copyright infringement for part of Java.”
Google was the outright winner four years ago from a lower court, but Oracle challenged the ruling consequently toppling Google in an appeals court.
The appeals court is believed to have overturned an earlier ruling in favor of Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) claiming it was a bit biased. The appeals court had argued that the API’s in question belonged to Oracle and deserved the much-needed protection. Google’s appeal has not yet been made available on the Supremes’ court website
Oracle is accusing Google of copying the structure and organization of its java application programming interfaces. Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) also claims that the infringement of the copyrights resulted in Google developing a platform that was more appealing to developers that were already using Java.
Google on its part remains firm that it has not done anything wrong arguing that the APIs are necessary especially in the development of compatible applications thus should not be protected by any copyright laws. Any verdict from the nation’s largest court is expected to have a considerable impact on developer’s ability to develop software.
The use of the Java copyrights’ has allowed Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Android to become popular especially on smartphones although Oracle claims basic elements of Java that it owns have helped in the course.
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