Google Beats Oracle's $9B Copyright Suit With Fair Use Win

Law360, New York (May 26, 2016, 4:07 PM EDT) -- Google won a high-profile jury verdict Thursday that its use of Oracle’s copyrighted Java software code in its Android mobile operating system was protected by the fair use doctrine, clearing the company of liability that could have reached $8.8 billion.

Oracle first sued Google back in 2010, claiming the tech rival had lifted several key elements from its application programming interfaces and worked them into Android. (Credit: AP) The verdict came after a closely-watched two-week trial and nearly six years of litigation between the two tech giants over Google’s decision to copy elements of application programming interfaces, or APIs, that Oracle created...

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