The alphabet’s Google received a mixed reception at the US Supreme Court when they tried to overturn a ruling that could force the company to pay billions of dollars to copy Oracle’s copyrighted code into the Android operating system.
Greg Stohr, Naomi Nix and Susan Decker for Bloomberg:
Judges on Wednesday questioned Google’s claim that it had no way to replicate the code without forcing millions of software developers to learn a new programming language.
Justice Neil Gorsuch told Google’s lawyer that Apple Inc. and other companies have “come up with phones that work just fine without engaging in this type of copying.”
Oracle says it is entitled to at least $ 8.8 billion in damages. A jury found that Google’s code copying was a legitimate fair use, but a federal appeals court reversed that finding.
In a skeptical interrogation line, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts compared Google’s actions to a safe cracker. “Cracking a safe may be the only way to get the money you want, but that does not mean you can do it,” Roberts told Google’s lawyer, Thomas Goldstein. “If that’s the only way, the way you get it is to get a license.”
Judge Sonia Sotomayor suggested she was more sympathetic to Google. She asked Oracle’s lawyer, Joshua Rosenkranz, why the court “should now upgrade what the industry has seen as the copyright elements” in the data code.
The Motion Picture Association, which represents Walt Disney Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Netflix Inc., and the News Media Alliance, which represents news outlets such as The New York Times and News Corp., were among the industry organizations that submitted briefs on the case.
The Trump administration also supports Oracle.
MacDailyNews Take: Android is a stolen product in more ways than one.
I’m going to ruin Android because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to wage war on this. – Steve Jobs
Apple won the war by referring Android to unwanted demographics with little or no gain.
Hopefully, after too many years, the courts will compensate Oracle at least somewhat for Google’s blatant, line-by-line theft.
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