On Monday, Oracle won a partial victory in its case against Google. The Post’s Hayley Tsukayama reports :
A federal jury in San Francisco ruled Monday that Google infringed on copyrights held by Oracle.
U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup ordered Google and Oracle to prepare arguments on that issue.
The jury had found that the programming interfaces in Android were very similar to those in Java in nine lines of code.
The jury was deadlocked, however, on whether Google’s use of the Java APIs fell under the umbrella of “fair use.” The case, which has been watched closely by the software industry, dealt with the question of whether Google was allowed to use the open Java programming language to build its Android platform without a licensing agreement.
In a statement after the verdict, Google said: “We appreciate the jury's efforts, and know that fair use and infringement are two sides of the same coin. The core issue is whether the APIs here are copyrightable, and that's for the court to decide. We expect to prevail on this issue and Oracle's other claims.”