WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Monday sued Google over a $ 8 billion copyright dispute with Oracle over the creation of an Android operating system by the Internet company, which is used on smartphones around the world.
To create Android, which was released in 2007, Google wrote millions of lines of new computer code. But it also used 11330 passwords – an organization that is part of Oracle’s Java platform.
Google has argued that what it has been doing for a long time is a common practice in the industry, a practice that is good for technical advancement. And it said that there is no copyright protection for purely functional, non-creative computer code, something that could not have been written otherwise. But Oracle said Google “did a tremendous act of plagiarism” and sued it.
The judges ruled 6-2 for Google Inc., located in Mountain View, California. Two conservative judges were dissidents.
Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that in reviewing the decision of the Supreme Court, the judges assumed “for the argument that the material is copyrighted.”
“It simply came to our notice then. “Therefore, copying Google did not violate copyright law,” he wrote.
Justice Clarence Thomas, who joined Justice Samuel Alito, expressed a different view that he believes that “the Oracle code under discussion here is copyrighted, and that Google’s use of that copyright code is nothing but fair.” »:
Only eight judges have heard the case since it was disputed in October after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but before Judge Amy Connie Barrett joined the court.
The case has been going on for a decade.
Microsoft and IBM have weighed in on the big lobby of the Internet technology industry in favor of Google. Film Association և The American Recording Industry Association was a supporter of Oracle.
The case of Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc., 18-956: