Today, the verdict has shifted to be in favour of Google which is great news for the entire mobile Java ecosystem including Android. The statement from the jury saying that Google had violated Oracle’s copyrights, was based on the assumption that APIs are copyrightable, and that’s down to the judge to decide. Read on, for more about this as the case unfolds.
However, some interesting points were brought up,
- The jury found Oracle failed to infringe on the documentation for the Java APIs
- 9 lines of source code was infringing, the rest wasn’t (Google could easily rewrite that)
- The jury found that Google proved the way Oracle/Sun presented Java, it was okay to use it without licensing and relied on this
Also, Google are pleased with this and so are we, as otherwise it would cause major implications for the entire industry around Android and other Java based products as we know it (maybe even affecting open-source projects like Jenkins, in use by the CyanogenMod team for nighlities).