The U.S. Supreme Court Declined to Review Oracle v. Google, but the Billion-Dollar Case is Just Booting Up


On June 29, 2015, the Supreme Court denied Google’s petition for certiorari, refusing to review the long-running battle over the scope of software copyright protection. The suit began almost five years ago when Oracle sued Google for infringing Oracle’s copyright on portions of the popular Java software that allowed Java to communicate with other programs. After licensing negotiations over the software failed, Google copied portions of the Java code for use in its Android operating system. While Google independently recreated much of the implementing code, it allegedly copied Java’s declaring code that provided the taxonomy system Java used to name routinely-used functions. For example, the declaring code “java.lang.Math.max(1,2)” refers to a method for returning the greater of two numbers.

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