In a decision rendered last Monday, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Google in its dispute against the American software publisher Oracle, reports Agence France-Presse.
This multi-billion dollar court saga involved copyright to the Java programming language.
The Google company was represented by Me Thomas C. Goldstein, of Goldstein & Russell, and Me Kannon K. Shanmugan, by Paul, Weiss, Riffkind, Wharton & Garrison, while Oracle was represented by Me Joshua Rosenkranz by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
A “legitimate” use
The Supreme Court sided with Google, emphasizing its reasonable use of Java code. The multinational has used it to develop its Android operating system.
“We came to the conclusion that in this case, where Google reused a user interface by taking only what was necessary (…), Google’s copy of the Sun Java programming interface (API) represents a legitimate use of this content from a legal point of view ”, wrote the judge Stephen breyer, still according to AFP.
The Oracle company claimed nine billion dollars from Google in damages. After winning her case, she bowed in 2018 to a Federal Court of Appeal.
Of the eight judges who took part in the judgment, two, including the judge Clarence thomas, expressed dissent. The judge Amy Coney Barrett, recently appointed, did not participate in the judgment according to AFP information.