Google, the search engine giant, has asked the U.S. Supreme court to overturn a ruling that has revived a copyright case filed by Oracle Corp in 2010. Oracle Corp filed a lawsuit against Google for copyright and patent violations. Oracle Corp had accused the search engine giant of copying the former’s Java programming language to create the Android operating system.
Oracle general counsel Dorian Daley said that Google was just repeating arguments that have already been discredited. “The fabricated concern about innovation hides Google’s true concern: that it be allowed the unfettered ability to copy the original and valuable work of others for substantial financial gain,” Daley added.
The lawsuit also alleged Google of developing Android without a Java license and accused them of copying its APIs. The search engine giant asked the court to consider the copying of APIs is permissible under the fair use defense, which allows anyone to use copyrighted works for purposes like research. In 2016, a district court judge sided with Google saying that APIs are not copyrightable and ruled in Google’s favor.
However, Oracle appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit. The Federal Circuit dug into the case further and reversed the verdict in 2018. The Federal Circuit in 2018 judged that Google had literally copied Java’s API “for identical function and purpose”. The Federal body’s ruling in 2018 decided to conduct another jury trial for calculating monetary damages to be paid by the search engine firm for copyright infringement.
Looking at fines that Google is currently facing, a €50 million fine was slapped by the French SNIL [Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés] for GDPR violations. The tech giant was fined for “lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding the ads personalization,”
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