According to Dorian Daily, Oracle’s General Counsel, the company still believes Google illegally used Java technology and will be filing an appeal to the Federal Circuit court.
Google claims that it did not need Oracle’s permission to use Java because its programmers were already familiar with the language. Google further reasoned that the APIs are covered by the open source license to the Java code because without the APIs the code would otherwise not work unchanged as intended. During retrial, Oracle lawyers considered Google’s defenses the “fair-use excuse”. After a federal appeals court reversed that in 2014 and said the Java APIs could be considered copyrighted material, Google went back to district court to argue that its use of Java was protected under fair use rules.
Mitch Stoltz, senior staff attorney for the San Francisco-based digital-rights group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, agreed that the outcome was a win for developers.
If Google had lost, the jury would have stayed on to deliberate the estimated damages the search giant would have had to pay Oracle. In 2012, a judge ruled that a programming language can not be copyrighted, a decision that was overturned when Oracle appealed the decision. “Fair use cases can be unpredictable”, he said. especially where complex new technology is involved”.
We believe the win is vital to Google from both technological and financial perspectives. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison welcomed Android at first, but later he “changed his mind, after he had tried to use Java to build his own smartphone and failed to do it”. There’s also the possibility of an appeal, which Oracle is likely to pursue. As indicated, the jury decided in favor of Google – finding that there was copyright infringement but that the infringement was permissible under Fair Use. In court, Oracle claimed that Android has produced $31 billion in sales and $22 billion in profit since 2008, a number that Google disputes.