By Christiana Sciaudone
Google did not commit copyright infringement against Oracle when it copied programming language for the Android operating system, the court said in a 6-2 decision.
Google said its use of the code was covered under the doctrine of fair use and therefore not subject to copyright liability, CNBC reported. The court didn’t weigh in on the broader question of whether Application Programming Interfaces can be copyrighted.
The ruling helps affirm a longstanding practice in software development, CNN said.
“The Google platform just got bigger and market power greater — the barriers to entry higher and the ability to compete lower,” said Oracle’s general counsel Dorian Daley. “They stole Java and spent a decade litigating as only a monopolist can. This behavior is exactly why regulatory authorities around the world and in the United States are examining Google’s business practices.”
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