Android does infringe on key Java copyrights, the jury decided. But the five men and seven women on the panel disagreed on whether Google’s actions were permissible under “fair use” protections of US law. That allows excerpts of copyrighted work to appear in other creative expressions, such as books, movies and computer software. With the fair-use question still dangling, Oracle – which had been seeking up to $1bn in damages – now appears to have little hope of emerging from the trial with a windfall, or a court order that would have forced a rewrite of Android in the absence of a licensing agreement.
(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)