Alphabet Inc.-owned world’s No. 1 internet service provider Google LLC. and the Santa Clara, California-headquartered software giant Oracle Corp., have been at each other’s throat again in the US Supreme Court on Wednesday, as Google seeks to end a long-running lawsuit filed by the Oracle Corp. that alleged it of infringing 11,330 lines of Java codes which it had to use while developing Android operating system that has been running a lion-share of the world’s smartphones.
Notably, the short-handed 8-judge panel of US Supreme Court, down one justice followed by the death of Ruth Bader, appeared to be divided during Wednesday’s trial as it was contemplating on whether to clamp down a dispute that could be worth billions and would hold a substantial scale of significance to the future of software making, while the judges had argued over a swathe of issues ranging from restaurant menus to computer keyboards to even songs and periodic table in a bid to resolving the copyright dispute lodged by the Santa Clara tech giant Oracle Corp.
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In point of fact, the case involved the development of Android operating system back in the 2007s when Google had to take 11,330 lines of Java codes originated by Oracle Corp., while a majority of the eight judges had expressed concerns that the Google might just have copied the Oracle Corp.
software instead innovating its own mobile platform, though others seemed to be seeking a way out for Google LLC. according to a 1976 patent infringement law. In tandem, a jury had ruled in favour of Google LLC. in 2016, but a US Appeals Court for the Federal Circuit had overturned the decision in 2018 citing that the Google move to include Oracle’s software code in Android could not be allowed under the existing US copyright laws.
Aside from that, Google lawyer Thomas Goldstein argued at some point of the hearing on Wednesday that the Java code should not be protected by copyright infringement laws since it had been the only way to create new programs citing software giant Microsoft and Apple who had also been capitalizing on Oracle Corp.’s codes, though the Chief Justice John Roberts was quoted saying that the Alphabet Inc.-owned Google LLC.
should still have paid Oracle Corp. for using its codes adding “Cracking the safe may be the only way to get the money that you want, but that doesn’t mean you can do it”. Wednesday’s hearing was conducted through teleconference due to the ongoing pandemic and the next date of hearing had not yet been revealed, though the US President Donald Trump, who has asked the US Senate to back his nominee Amy Coney Barret to replace Ginsburg as the Chief Justice, had been backing Oracle Corp. in the lawsuit.