Android Ruling A Sweeping Win For Open Source Software

Law360, New York (June 1, 2012, 9:42 PM EDT) -- A California judge's ruling Thursday that certain Oracle Corp. Java software cannot be copyrighted is an important vindication for accused infringer Google Inc. and open source software in general, but whether the decision will have broad ramifications for software copyrights remains to be seen, attorneys say.

Oracle claimed in its case against Google that the search giant's Android platform infringed Oracle's copyright by replicating the functionality of Java's application programming interfaces, or APIs.

While a jury found that Google had infringed Oracle's copyright, they were deadlocked on whether the infringement was fair use, so Judge William Alsup of the Northern District...

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