Oracle Claims Google Stole 11,000 lines of their code to build Android OS

Google and Oracle have been battling in court for a
while now and the case seems to get even messier.
Oracle is accusing Google of using its code to build
Android OS and this doesn’t fall under its fair usage
policy. Google used Java API to make Android OS
what it is but Oracle claims this infringes on its

The case has been in and out of court since 2012 and
recent development shows that Google may
eventually have to give out a chunk of it earnings
from Android OS to Oracle. According to Arstechnica ,
earlier today in court, Oracle lawyer Peter Bicks said:

“ You don’t take people’s property
without permission and use it for your
own benefit. Google took a shortcut, and
they took a shortcut at Oracle’s expense.

Java was developed by Sun Microsystems in 1991 but
the company was later acquired by Oracle in 2010.
Earlier in 2012, the case was thrown out of court
when the presiding judge ruled that the Java API
could not be copyrighted as claimed by Oracle and
Google did not infringe on any copyright. The district
court ruling was later reversed in 2014 by the Federal
Circuit. Now, Oracle is seeking $8.8 billion in
According to Oracle lawyer:
‘ They copied 11,500 lines of code. It’s
undisputed. They took the code, they
copied it, and put it right into Android.
There were also evidences presented in court by
Oracle that shows Google intentionally discarded the
option of getting a licence from Oracle to use Java API
and form a sort of partnership. A 2010 email sent
by engineer Tim Lindholm to Android chief Andy
Rubin shows clearly what Google should’ve done
even before now. The email reads:
‘ What we’ve actually been asked to do
(by Larry and Sergei) is to investigate
what technical alternatives exist to Java
for Android and Chrome. We’ve been over
a bunch of these and think they all suck.
We conclude that we need to negotiate a
license for Java.
The evidence against Google seems very huge but we
don’t know if this lawsuit will be in favor of Oracle.
Google claims it used what was freely available to
build Android OS and this include Java programming
language and its APIs. So far, Google has made $42
billion in gross revenue from 2008 to 2015.

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