The Supreme Court just ruled in favor of Google in its legal battle with Oracle, ending a 10-year fight over the future of software

Monday - 05/04/2021 11:26
Oracle's Larry Ellison. Reuters/Stephen Lam
Oracle's Larry Ellison. Reuters/Stephen Lam
The battle ensued over Google's use of Java code, which Oracle developed.

The US Supreme Court has overturned Oracle's high-profile copyright win over Google, delivering a landmark ruling for the software industry.

The ruling is a sizable win for Google following a lengthy 10-year legal battle. The court on Monday ruled 6-2 that Google's use of Java code, developed by Oracle, "did not violate the copyright law" and was done under fair-use provisions.

The core of the battle was Oracle's claim that Google unfairly used key pieces of its Java programming framework in building the Android operating system. Oracle claimed that in doing so Google violated the Java copyright.

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