Fed. Circ. Revives Oracle's $1B Java Suit Against Google

Law360, New York (May 9, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Friday reversed a ruling that Oracle Corp.'s Java software can't be copyrighted and reinstated a verdict that Google Inc.'s Android operating system infringes, but allowed Google to argue on remand that it is protected by fair use.

The appeals court overturned U.S. District Judge William Alsup's May 2012 ruling that Oracle's Java source code was not entitled to copyright protection. His ruling effectively negated the jury's finding that Google infringed; the Federal Circuit reinstated the finding.

At issue was the software code of Java's application programming interfaces, or APIs — preset packages of Java code created so...

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