Oracle Loses Google/Java API Copyright Case, Android Bandwagon Free to Roll on

By Gary Cutlack on at

A US judge has ruled on the case between Google and Oracle, in which Oracle was trying to claim copyright ownership of some code used within Java and therefore Google's Android OS that's built around it. The judge dismissed some of Oracle's key complaints, saying Google's actions were fine.

The judge ruled that Oracle shouldn't be allowed to copyright the 37 Java APIs covered by the case, meaning Google's Android OS is off the hook in this particular legal skirmish. The judge noted: "To accept Oracle’s claim would be to allow anyone to copyright one version of code to carry out a system of commands and thereby bar all others from writing their own different versions to carry out all or part of the same commands."

Oracle said of the decision: "This ruling, if permitted to stand, would undermine the protection for innovation and invention in the United States and make it far more difficult to defend intellectual property rights against companies anywhere in the world that simply takes them as their own."

Oracle is appealing the ruling, but as things stand at the moment, it's now unlikely to be able to enforce any kind of injunction against Android, and Google is also free from the worry of any massive financial penalties. [Wired -- Thanks, Darrell]