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Oracle vs Google: copyright trial begins

One of the biggest tech lawsuits to date is going to trial on Monday in San Francisco. It is Oracle vs Google, as Oracle claims Google violated several patents and copyrights.

Oracle is claiming $1bn (£630m) in compensation from Google. What's the problem you may be asking? The Java developer thinks that Google's Android system infringes intellectual property rights in relation to the programming language used in the platform.

To explain further, Java was released back in 1995, and allowed software to be run across different computer platforms. Then Oracle inherited Java after it took over from Sun Microsystems aka Java's original developer. The language used in Java can be found in PC game Minecraft, and could probably be seen on other games and software like Partypoker.

Oracle is arguing that because Android, which uses the intellectual property, is giving away Android for free, Google are stopping themselves from licensing Java to mobile phone makers.
"Because Android exploits Java but is not fully compatible with it, Android represents Sun's, and now Oracle's, nightmare: an incompatible forking of the Java platform, which undermines the fundamental 'write once, run anywhere' premise of Java that is so critical to its value and appeal."

It isn't the use of Java they are complaining about as such though, but rather 37 APIs (application programming interfaces) which niftily allow developers to write code compatible with Java. Oracle point out that, 103,400 lines of its APU specifications appeared on Androids website, which "represent years of creative design."
Google aren’t taking this lying down of course. They claim the technologies shouldn't be included in copyright law.

If Oracle win the copyright claim, Google could be forced to alter Android. Not to mention all of the independent software developers who would have to alter the apps designed for the platform. Naturally people are angry.
The trial is expected to last for eight weeks.

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