Supreme Court sides with Google in Oracle’s API copyright case

Supreme Court 1 (Verge Stock)
Supreme Court 1 (Verge Stock)

In a ruling on Monday, the Supreme Court found that Google could legally use elements of Oracle’s Java code when building Android.

“Google’s copying of the API to reimplement a user interface, taking only what was needed to allow users to put their accrued talents to work in a new and transformative program, constituted a fair use of that material,” the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 opinion. It overturned an earlier federal decision, which found that Google’s use of the API had constituted infringement.

Google and Oracle have been fighting over Android’s Java interoperability for more than ten years now, spanning three trials and two distinct appeals. The current incarnation of the case turns on whether Oracle can claim a copyright over…

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Author: Russell Brandom