Oracle Wins Appeal Against Google Over Java APIs
An appeals court today overturned a 2012 verdict that largely exonerated Google from infringing on Oracle's Java copyrights. Today's reversal puts Google back on the hook for violating the copyrights of some 37 APIs for the Java language that were incorporated into the Android operating system. The Federal Circuit of Appeals in Washington is sending the case back to the original judge, who is now expected to determine if Google's use of the copyrighted APIs represents fair use or unlawful infringement. If it falls under fair use, Google may not have to pay damages. Oracle had sought $1 billion in the original case, first filed in 2010. Neither Oracle nor Google offered immediate comment on today's ruling.
Google Exonerated In Java API Case vs. Oracle
A jury today decided that Google's use of 37 Java APIs constitutes "fair use" and does not infringe on Oracles copyrights. The decision caps a two-week trial that saw Oracle once again claim Google stole its Java code when first creating the Android operating system back in 2007 and 2008.
Google to Remove Oracle's Code from Android
Google plans to take Oracle's proprietary Java code out of the Android operating system. Rather than rely on Oracle's Java Development Kit (JDK), Google will switch to the OpenJDK.
Android 'M' Is for Marshmallow, Final Preview Build Released
Google today officially named the next version of its mobile operating system Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The company had strongly implied that Marshmallow would be the final name in a teaser video released last week.
Appeals Court Exonerates Samsung in $120M Case
Samsung won a reversal of a $120 million patent-related fine thanks to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.
Motorola Owes Microsoft $14.5 Million Over Patent Spat
An appeals court has sided with Microsoft and upheld a 2013 verdict that says Motorola has to pay Microsoft for refusing to license standard-essential patents at fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory rates. This particular case began in 2010, when Microsoft sued Motorola for failing to pay it patent-licensing fees for technology found in Motorola's Android smartphones.
Copyrighting an API is insane.
This is like making headphones which include a user guide with a sketch of the headphone jack on an iPod, and Apple suing you because they have a copyright on knowing which hole is the headphone jack.