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US Court of Appeals Finds Google Infringed Oracle’s Copyrights

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has found that Google LLC’s unauthorized use of Oracle Americas Inc.’s Java SE Application Programming Interface (“API”) packages in its Android operating system was not fair, and thus infringed Oracle’s copyrights in its API packages.

According to the judgment:

Android’s release effectively replaced Java SE as the supplier of Oracle’s copyrighted works and prevented Oracle from participating in developing markets. This superseding use is inherently unfair. [page 54]

A damages amount is yet to be determined but may be in the billions (see here). Google has 90 days to appeal the decision.

Read the full decision here.


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