For those unfamiliar, Google and Oracle have been embroiled in a legal battle with the latter claiming that Google had infringed upon its copyright when using its Java tools. Now it looks like a major blow has been dealt to Google and possibly Android as the jury in the case has issued a verdict today that says that Google broke copyright laws when it used Oracle’s Java APIs (formerly belonging to Sun before the acquisition) to design the Android system. This however is not a complete victory for Oracle as the jury remained undecided as to whether Google had managed to prove its use of Java constituted as “fair use”.
Given that fair use will pretty much determine who will win the entire proceeding, both companies are pushing for further clarification. It seems that Google is pushing for a mistrial while Oracle is asking the judge to issue his own verdict. In any case the judge presiding over the matter is expected to make his ruling on both matters later in the week, so we guess we will have to wait and see how all of this plays out.
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