The Maker of Java is Seeking £6.4 Billion From Google

By Chris Mills on at

There is a long-running legal battle between Oracle and Google over the use of Java, an Oracle product, in Android. In the latest court filing, Oracle is shooting for the moon: $9.3 billion (£6.4bn) in copyright damages from Google.

The copyright fight dates back six years, when Oracle first filed suit against Google, for both copyright and patent infringement relating to its use of Java in Android. Oracle lost the first round, but a federal appeals court sent the case back for a second trial on the copyright issues.

The case is important for a few reasons, most obviously that $9.3 billion (£6.4bn) would put a serious hole in the $16 billion-per-year (£11bn) operating income of Google’s parent company. But it’s also a landmark case over whether or not APIs, the structural blocks that help applications talk to each other, are copyrightable.

The trial is set to begin on May 9th, although regardless of which way the jury goes, Oracle is unlikely to ever see that huge sum in damages. In the first trial, Oracle’s first two damage estimates were thrown out, and the judge isn’t likely to be any more sympathetic this time around. [Android Authority]