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Monday, November 15, 2010

Google says Android doesn’t infringe on Oracle’s Java patents


Over the next few years, we’re going to see a lot of companies testing the validity of their mobile patents. We’re already starting to see some of those lawsuits go to trial, but Google’s Android operating system is going to increasingly find itself in the legal crosshairs as its popularity and market share grow… but Google’s not going to be an easy target to hit, if depositions coming out of their lawsuit with Oracle are anything to go by.

Here’s the backstory: way back in August, Oracle sued Google over the use of Java in Android, essentially arguing that the terms of the Java intellectual property license, while free, requires developers to demonstrate that their implementations of Java conform to certain standards… which Google has never done. In fact, Google’s implementation of Java deviates from Oracle’s standards. Hence, Oracle sued for both patent and copyright violation.

On their part, though, Google isn’t backing down: they have responded to the lawsuit with over twenty different reasons why they have not infringed Oracle’s copyright. One argument says that the Java code in Android is too simplistic to be protected by copyright, while another says that even if Google did infringe, it’s not their fault because the infringing code must have been implemented by an unknown third party.

It’s a weird suit, and it’s just starting to heat up. Don’t worry, though: Java on Android isn’t about to go anywhere.

47 comments:

CAE.II said...

I'd have to research this a lot more in order to take a side... But I can say that I am sick of all this tech companies suing each other!! lol

Suciô Sanchez said...

Larry Ellison is the biggest douche in the history of tech.

Buff Drinklots said...

Java is laggy, shitty and old. Android is awesome.

Come At Me Bro said...

I love android!

Dan said...

Thats pretty neat. I dont like java. Nor do I like flash. My school uses Java and it is really laggy and slow. also, it crashes often. I would rather just see more HTML5 please and ty. :)

RoodNverse said...

google denies everything they do lololol

Digger said...

pfff, it's just a money-grab in my opinion

T.dot said...

androids are pretty legit

SC2 Strats said...

man, mobile wars are just too much.

Truth Finder said...

its a spark of publicity. in all means google has the upperhand in the internet market. oracle is trying to uphold that hand google has. and try to win money

Witdarkstar said...

huh interesting. I don't really see any evidence of Java in Android though. This should be interesting.

Crammarc said...

droid is awesome.

Paul said...

google is such a monster

kokojesta said...

interesting,,

textileengineer said...

This is obviously karma, cosmic payback for stealing Apple's ideas.

Gansita said...

Hard to mess with Google.

The Game Store Guy said...

I'm interested in seeing where this is going to go...and I will agree with you. It's a bit of an odd argument (Esp. Google's counter arguments.)

tortacular said...

You sir, are a visionary and a gentleman

Lemmiwinks said...

Great post. waiting for more updates

Unlogic said...

I hate java !

FORISBAN said...

great info , thanks

Quinn Electronics said...

cant we all just get along?

S said...

would be a shame if they had to take java off android

Apps Master said...

agree with buff drinklots !

Sebastian said...

I'm not so sure about that.

Matte said...

not bad! lets see next :)

jura1991 said...

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Astra said...

need java on droid

Life Saver said...

Java pisses me off even though that's what we use to do our blog commenting :P

Light Weight Baby! said...

that's amazing, keep it up

Overstuffed Wallet said...

cool, I visit this blog everyday

Nerd Life said...

nice, this is awesome

Admit One said...

that's a unique perspective on it

Don't Judge Me said...

great, I can't wait for more

Hitchcock said...

Always suing each other...

Discerning Gentleman said...

thanks for sharing this

Million Dollar Dream said...

wow, good info here

iRetiv said...

thats good and bad news for some

Irwin R Sheister said...

interesting, I'll check back tomorrow

hippilazma said...

google is lying i hate that guys

SpringyB said...

OH lawd, sueing google for using java. Okay.

David Davidson said...

Google lose a lawsuit? Yeah right, good luck trying to win against them...

Longkid said...

That sucks!

kokojesta said...

crazy that they do this!

ImmaFrog said...

astounishing related to java and android

Crammarc said...

good and bad news

Display Safe said...

dose that mean we are going to have more apps for and android that could be awesome.

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