Jury In Oracle's $1B Copyright Fight To Hear Fair Use First

Law360, Los Angeles (September 18, 2015, 11:00 PM EDT) -- The jury hearing Oracle Corp.’s closely-watched $1 billion software copyright lawsuit against Google Inc. will decide on damages and willfulness only if it rejects Google’s fair use defense, sparing it the “burden” of hearing Oracle’s damage theories, a California federal judge ruled Friday.

In an order that addressed several matters related to how the court will handle the question of whether Google willfully infringed Oracle’s popular Java programming language, U.S. District Judge William Alsup denied Google’s motion to preclude submitting willfulness to the jury unless Oracle...
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