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Google's Official Position on Oracle Allegations

10.06.2010
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Google filed its answer to the responsible court this week in reference to the Oracle lawsuit, which claims that the Android OS infringed on Java licenses by using a modified version of the JVM for Android's Dalvik VM.  Here's the document:

Google Answer and Counterclaims v. Oracle (Filed)

Oracle has accused Google of violating seven Sun patents including:  6,125,447, 6,192,476, 5,966,702, 7,426,720, RE38,104, 6,910,205 and 6,061,520.  Google denies that it infringes on these patents and asks the presiding judge to invalidate them.  Google has called Oracle's actions an attack on the entire open source community.  A spokesperson recently pointed out the hypocrisy of Oracle's criticism when Sun would not release official TCKs under open source, but now they won't fully open source the Java platform themselves.

In the document above, Google argues that Sun made provisions saying that the JVM could be modified for custom implementations.  They also say that Android is important for the Java community because it has promoted the language with a fast-growing mobile platform.

Oracle's Debora Hellinger responded to the document saying:

“In developing Android, Google chose to use Java code without obtaining a license. Additionally, it modified the technology so it is not compliant with Java’s central design principle to “write once and run anywhere.” Google’s infringement and fragmentation of Java code not only damages Oracle, it clearly harms consumers, developers and device manufacturers.”

For further evidence of the tangled litgation-web that the mobile industry weaves, check out the "Who's Suing Whom?" chart.

Any thoughts on this new development?

Comments

Liam Knox replied on Fri, 2010/10/08 - 7:11pm in response to: Mark Haniford

Sorry, I was using Bing. I've typed in Mono and it gave me a picture of Jesus Christ.

Mark Haniford replied on Fri, 2010/10/08 - 7:19pm in response to: Liam Knox

It doesn't matter.  You're not a developer, so it's irrelevant if Mono or even a dumbed-down Java is dead.

Liam Knox replied on Fri, 2010/10/08 - 9:37pm in response to: Mark Haniford

It wouldnt really matter if I was a Cat. Based that you cannot answer any single question posed it is like talking to Steven Hawking and PC without Steven Hawking.

Also please check the definition of ignorance. I think your state of unawareness regarding technology defines the word.

Mark Haniford replied on Sun, 2010/10/10 - 12:17pm in response to: Liam Knox

Maybe one day you'll seek some professional help for your obvious mental deficiencies.  Until then, you can dream about becoming a developer.

Liam Knox replied on Sun, 2010/10/10 - 8:15pm in response to: Mark Haniford

http://www.indeed.com/jobtrends?q=Java%2C+Linux+Mono&l= I think this clears up the C# on Linux point

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