Supreme Court: Google in Android lawsuit against Oracle

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Google in Android lawsuit against Oracle

Great victory for Google and parent company Alphabet in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. Photo: Matt Rourke/dpa

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Google had used when programming the Smartphone system Android several Thousand lines of Java Code. For this, Oracle wanted money. A long process has now come to an end.

The Online giant Google has blocked a billion-dollar lawsuit by the software group Oracle due to alleged copyright violations in the Smartphone System Android in front of the US Supreme court.

The Supreme Court ruled, in Washington, that Google had not committed any violations of law and overruled a judgment from a lower court. For Google and parent company Alphabet, this is a great victory. Oracle had called for nine billion dollars in compensation payments.

Background: Google had used for Android about 11,000 lines of Software Code of the Java programming language. Oracle bought Java in 2010 with the Acquisition of Sun Microsystems, had sued Google in the same year. The judge had initially decided that the Java interfaces are not, in principle, have been subject to copyright protected. In appeal, this judgment was overturned, however. The judges of the Supreme Court decided, with a six to two vote in favor of Google.


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