Google Inc. CEO Larry Page (Larry Page) delivered a speech to the media when he arrived at the court in San Jose, California, on Monday, September 19, 2011.
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On Monday, the Supreme Court expressed support for Google in its long-standing copyright dispute against Oracle.
The case involved 12,000 lines of code used by Google to build Android, which was copied from the Java application programming interface developed by Sun Microsystems, which Oracle acquired in 2010. This is regarded as a landmark dispute concerning which types of computer code are protected by the United States copyright law.
Oracle claims that it is sometimes owed $9 billion, while Google claims that its use of the code falls under the principle of fair use.
Oracle sued Google for using its code and won two lawsuits in a dedicated U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Supreme Court overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal.
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The judge who wrote the majority opinion in the case, Stephen Breyer, agreed that Google’s use of the code is protected by fair use.
“We came to the conclusion that in this case, Google re-implemented the user interface and only adopted what was needed to allow users to use their due abilities in new, transformative programs, so Google copied The Sun Java API is a reasonable way to use it. Legally speaking, this is the case for these materials,” Breyer wrote.
Breyer with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch Attended the meeting with Brett Kavanaugh. Judges Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito disagreed.
This case is one of the most important cases in the term, and it is characterized by fierce competition for the future competitive views of software development.
Google’s lawyer and senior Supreme Court attorney Tom Goldstein told the justices in the debate: “Long-term use of software interfaces to reuse is essential to modern software development.
The case was originally scheduled for trial last semester, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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