SCOTUS sides with Google in copyright case against Oracle

Monday, 05. April 2021 16:26

The United States Supreme Court ruled in Google's favor on Monday in a major case against Oracle software company over copyright issues. The $9 billion dispute looked into whether Oracle can claim copyright on written Java software, parts of which Google used in its own code for Android implementation.

In the Google vs. Oracle case, the judges voted 6-2, reasoning that Google's use of the code was protected under the copyright doctrine of fair use. The dispute has been going for nearly 9 years. In multiple appeals, Oracle had won twice before SCOTUS reversed the decision.

"We reach the conclusion that in this case, where Google reimplemented a user interface, taking only what was needed to allow users to put their accrued talents to work in a new and transformative program, Google's copying of the Sun Java API was a fair use of that material as a matter of law," Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in the majority opinion statement.

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