Oracle sues Google over alleged copyright infringement

In what many may consider a surprise move, today Oracle filed a lawsuit against Google. The lawsuit alleges that Google has infringed on the Intellectual Property that has belonged to Oracle since the company acquired Sun Microsystems last year.

According to MarketWatch, Oracle filed the complaint in a federal court in California. Oracle claims in the lawsuit that Google has infringed on seven patents and copyrights with its Android mobile Operating System. A Google spokesman has stated that the company has yet to receive the actual lawsuit paperwork.

Therefore, they declined to comment on the situation. A spokeswoman for Oracle has also declined to comment. Oracle claimed the Java platform as a portion of their purchase of Sun Microsystems. The sale was finalized earlier this year upon the completion of a European antitrust review.

Larry Ellison, CEO, Oracle stated “Java is the single most important software we've ever acquired.” during a conference call in early 2009. That sentiment was once again reiterated when the lawsuit was made today. Oracle stated that the Java platform currently has 6.5 million developers that leverage the platform.

They state that Google Android is competitive with Oracle’s Java platform for cell phones and other mobile devices. The reason for their claim is apparently the fact that Android includes Java applications. Due to the fact that Android is the number two cellular phone platform, this lawsuit will have huge implications for the future of the market. One thing is for sure. Neowin will be watching this case with great interest.

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The problem here (and the basis of the suit) is that Google's implementation of Java meant that apps developed for Android (which are Java-based) only run on Android, which kind of defeats the purpose of the "write once, run anywhere" philosophy of Java.

I have a feeling Oracle is driving Java down into the ground. By the way, I wonder if Oracle is going to sue me for my username.

java2beans said,
I have a feeling Oracle is driving Java down into the ground. By the way, I wonder if Oracle is going to sue me for my username.

Java is dying not because Oracle but their archaic and mammoth features.

Magallanes said,

Java is dying not because Oracle but their archaic and mammoth features.
I quite agree, Java was hot in the 90s but in todays world, Java is nothing but useless.

Quattrone said,
I quite agree, Java was hot in the 90s but in todays world, Java is nothing but useless.

+1
Blame the community that can't unite and deliver updates that enhance development and reduce the amount of code for a given implementation. bean vs jsf vs etc.
it's all just too complicated.

A lot of people thought this might happen when oracle got their hands on sun's IP. This is patent trolling plain and simple. Buy a company and its IP, then go on a lawsuit spree to generate revenue. I hate to say it but oracle is starting to resemble SCO.

. . . and the money should go to a world wide charity.
Then we'll see if they are REALLY interested in suing or if they are just interested in getting some money.

It doesn't necessarily be about the money they will get from this case. It's likely tat oracular is already licensing this to other companies and earn money with it. If they don't chase their intellectual property they'd also lose ground for licensing them and earn money with it.

Mr Spoon said,
. . . and the money should go to a world wide charity.
Then we'll see if they are REALLY interested in suing or if they are just interested in getting some money.

Yeah, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Seriously though, it's not about money, it's about Android's huge jump in marketshare worldwide.

chAos972 said,
Hah, I suppose this means MS can sue companies that use C# and other .NET languages?

When companies purchase Visual Studio (or any portion there of) they also purchase the right to develop in those languages. On the other hand there is also free Express editions. I think phones have an odd license deal though with Java.

shinji257 said,

When companies purchase Visual Studio (or any portion there of) they also purchase the right to develop in those languages.

While MS would never sue a company for writing applications in .net, they certainly could for creating competing implementations of the development tools, library, c#, vb.net etc. For instance, they could sue mono or dotgnu at anytime, which is why richard stallman has advised distros not to include it in the initial install.

chAos972 said,
Hah, I suppose this means MS can sue companies that use C# and other .NET languages?

http://www.microsoft.com/interop/cp/default.mspx
"Microsoft irrevocably promises not to assert any Microsoft Necessary Claims against you for making, using, selling, offering for sale, importing or distributing any implementation, to the extent it conforms to one of the Covered Specifications, and is compliant with all of the required parts of the mandatory provisions of that specification ("Covered Implementation"),"

They wont sue you as long as you make your version compliant with thiers.