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January 13, 2015

Google-Oracle Copyright Issue Lands in Washington

Obama Administration Asked To Weigh In On Matter

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The ongoing saga of the Google and Oracle patent dispute doesn’t appear to be losing any steam.

JavaThat indication comes after the Supreme Court asked government officials to help decide whether the justices should become involved in the copyright debate. It’s a debate that seemed to reach a peak roughly five-years-ago when Oracle launched a lawsuit against Google stating the Internet heavyweight had improperly included parts of its Java software in Android.

As Reuters reported, Monday’s move means Supreme Court justices won’t be moving any further on the matter until Solicitor General Donald Verrilli files papers containing President Barack Obama’s administration’s guidance.

As well, it means the ongoing battle will only be further delayed as this next step is completed.

Oracle is claiming, The Wall Street Journal reported, Google unlawfully copied nearly 40 packages of Java programs that act as shortcuts for building common computer functions into other programs. Those shortcuts, the company claims, were developed over a number of years with millions of dollars invested.

Google should have paid for a license, the company argues.

In its rebuttal, though, Google has stated it used sections of the codes and, regardless, no company should be able to copyright entire codes.

However, as The Register reported, Obama’s administration has not yet stated whether it will weigh in on the situation and, if it does, there is no deadline established as to when such a decision must be offered.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.