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Judge Rules For Google, Against Oracle, In Copyright Case

Publication Date: 
May 31, 2012
San Jose Mercury News
Brandon Bailey and Steve Johnson

Lecturer Brian J. Love spoke with Brandon Bailey and Steve Johnson of the San Jose Mercury News about the "total loss" for Oracle in the highly followed Oracle v. Google smartphone case.

Handing a huge win to Google (GOOG), a federal judge Thursday cleared away Oracle's (ORCL) last big claim in a high-stakes lawsuit over Android, the Google software that has become the world's most popular smartphone operating system.

Oracle promptly vowed to appeal. But the ruling by U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who decided that federal copyright law doesn't apply to Google's use of key elements of Oracle's Java.


"This is now effectively a total loss for Oracle, across the board," said Brian Love, a Stanford Law School expert on technology and intellectual property law. "It's absolutely the best possible case for Google."