It looks like tech giant Oracle intends another behemoth in the industry, Google, to fork out a whopping $9.3 billion as the former claims that the latter has made use of Java’s APIs in Android without paying a single cent to Oracle.
It seems that with Android N, Google would be making the switch to the open source version of Oracle’s Java Development Kit, simply because both Google and Oracle have been at each other’s throats since the start of this decade when Oracle pointed fingers at Google, claiming that the search giant made use of Java’s APIs without any permission. In Google’s defense, they claimed that APIs cannot gain any kind of protection from copyrights, which resulted in a court victory which was partially reversed a couple of years ago.
The U.S. Supreme Court has already sent the case back to a lower court, with a pretrial hearing being slated for the end of April. Oracle has made it clear that it would like to claim $$9.3 billion in damages from Google, and how they arrived at that figure was based on the $31 billion profits that Google has reaped from making use of the open source OS. Do you think that both sides would arrive at an amicable settlement as opposed to a protracted lawsuit?