American Supreme Court has inverted the high-level copyright victory of Oracle, offering a milestone ruling for the software industry.
The ruling is a notable victory for Google after a prolonged ten-year legal clash. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled six-two that Google’s use of Java code (developed by Oracle) didn’t break the copyright law. The court said that Google used it fairly.
The main reason for the clash was Oracle’s allegation that Google was illicitly making use of primary pieces of its Java framework in developing the Android operating system. So, Oracle pointed at Google that it broke the copyright law for Java.
Google described that it had been fairly using Oracle’s Java programming framework. Moreover, the industry’s legal specialists were monitoring the lawsuit very closely, given that its result would make a robust legal precedent for whether it is possible to copyright specific code and, in doing so, fixing the boundaries on how software is made and delivered.
Google is a greater market power
Oracle, in a statement forwarded to Insider, described that the Google platform just greater market power and got bigger. Moreover, it added that the barriers to entry higher and the ability to compete lower. The statement further said that Google stole the Java programming framework and spent years filing as only monopolists can. This kind of attitude is exactly why officials across the world and also in the U.S. are inspecting Google’s business practices.
In a statement, Kent Walker (Google’s senior vice president of global affairs) said that the Supreme Court’s clear ruling is a success of consumers, computer science, and interoperability. He continued that the Supreme Court’s decision will give legal certainty to the upcoming generation of programmers whose latest products and services will facilitate consumers.
Walker further explained that they are very thankful for the help from a diverse range of organizations, from NCL (National Consumers League) to the ALA (American Library Association), also from established firms, start-ups, and the nation’s top software engineers and copyright scholars.
Above 2 dozen parties, including advocacy groups and tech firms, backed Google’s position in this battle, presenting briefs to the court in the run-up to the court’s decision.
Besides this, Microsoft and IBM are two gigantic tech organizations that have backed Google in this prolonged battle. Furthermore, IBM already mentioned that computer interfaces aren’t copyrightable.