About Six years ago Oracle, the big giant of database technology company which acquired the Java programming language Sun Microsystems in 2009. After the overtake the oracle sued Google claiming that Google is using some of the Java APIs in its Android operating system, which is copyrighted.
!9 lines of code = 9 billion dollars!
What happened 6 years ago?
After trying to licence Java from Sun in 2005 and failing, Google rewrote the Java APIs that Sun wouldn’t licence it to use. Oracle think that the structure, sequence and organization of these 37 Java APIs is copyrightable.
The 9 lines of Code! – The root cause of this war!
According to Google, it tried to make sure that no literal copies of Oracle’s Java code slipped into Android implementation.
The programmer named Joshua Bloch, worked at Sun on Java’s APIs before he moved to Google in 2008 and worked on Android.
During this period of time, he still contributed to OpenJDK. Somehow, one of his contributions to Sun-controlled OpenJDK, his much faster implementation of sorting array that used the rangeCheck method, based on TimSort in Python, ended up in Android.
While Bloch didn’t recall accessing any copyrighted code while working on Android, he admitted that he wrote the same code, then, he is willing to believe it. “If I did, it was a mistake,” Bloch said, “and I’m sorry I did it.”
Bloch was implementing a sort, based on TimSort. And he wrote these lines of code, which are identical in both the Google and Oracle codebases.
Here is the code!!
Judgement of the jury! – Over this rage!
The jury unanimously upheld claims by Google that its use of Oracle’s Java development platform to create Android was protected under the fair-use provision of copyright law, bringing trial to a close without Oracle winning any of the $9 billion in damages it requested.
Oracle said it saw many grounds to appeal and would do so. “We strongly believe that Google developed Android by illegally copying core Java technology to rush into the mobile device market,” Oracle General Counsel Dorian Daley said in a statement.
Alphabet Inc’s Google in a statement called the verdict “a win for the Android ecosystem, for the Java programming community, and for software developers who rely on open and free programming languages to build innovative consumer products.”