Supreme Court Rules In Google's Favor

Issue 65

The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of Google against Oracle in a decision that has concluded a long-running copyright dispute over the software used in Android.

The dispute originated over 12,000 lines of code that Google used to build Android that were copied from the Java application programming interface developed by Sun Microsystems, which was acquired by Oracle in 2010. The case was viewed as a landmark legal decision over what types of computer code will be protected under United States copyright law.

Oracle had alleged it was owed as much as $9 billion for copyright infringement at different points, and Google claimed that the code was covered under the doctrine of fair use and, is not subject to copyright liability and laws. Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world.

Oracle filed the dispute with Google over the use of the code and initially had won the case twice in front of a U.S. federal appeals court, which decided that the code in question was copyrightable and that Google’s use of it not protected by fair use.

The Supreme Court reversed the decisions made by the appeals courts, though it did not definitively resolve whether the code in question was copyrightable.

Source: Wall Street Journal