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Oracle Sues Google Over Android's Use of Java

08.12.2010
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Oracle has just filed a lawsuit againt Google for patent and copyright infringement related to Android's use of Java.

"In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property. This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement," said Oracle spokesperson Karen Tillman.

Developers around the world have been watching for clues about how Oracle would manage its new leadership role in the Java community. This lawsuit against Google is certain to raise serious questions and concerns, and some will no doubt feel it confirms their worst fears.

We've embedded the actual complaint below so you can read it for yourself. DZone will follow the matter closely to bring you more info as quickly as it becomes available.

Oracle Google Complaint

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Jacek Furmankiewicz replied on Fri, 2010/08/13 - 11:10am

I see why they call him LPOD (Larry Prince of Darkness). :-)

Mike P(Okidoky) replied on Fri, 2010/08/13 - 11:49am

1) I hope Oracle is not trying to pull a Microsoft, who sues companies using Linux for patent violations which they refuse disclose. 2) This is perfect to anti-Java terrorism. Some people, including some people here, do not like Java and use this an opportunity to make people feel sour about Java. I'm not buying it.

Mike P(Okidoky) replied on Fri, 2010/08/13 - 12:25pm

1) I hope Oracle is not trying to pull a Microsoft, who sues companies that use Linux for undisclosed mystery patent violations.

2) This suit is used as feed for the anti-Java terrorism campaigns by people that do not like Java, including some here. I'm not falling for it. I'm not saying that anyone saying something negative about Oracle is engaged in anti Java campaigning, but some make this a regular habit and exploit every opportunity for their goal, which is not a constructive one.

cometta comettat replied on Sat, 2010/08/14 - 2:21am

oracle is evil ! ask anyone who really promote JAVA these days ? oracle OR google ... 

Irek IrekM replied on Sat, 2010/08/14 - 5:25am in response to: Fabrizio Giudici

I guess that Oracle can't sue Microsoft (especially it's .net - very similar to Java) - I think that MS pays Oracle for patent licenses, or has some 'patent interchange' agreement.

They sued Google's Android in first place, because it's the direct competition to Java ME (which is now almost dead).

But Oracle could sue other FOSS projects - the topics covered by those patents are very generic and used widely in software (security, class packaging, ...).

It's all bad. Whereas patents for commercial projects could (or should) be paid, patents for FOSS projects (like Android) should be free (not only 'free as a beer' but also 'free as in freedom').

Fabrizio Giudici replied on Sun, 2010/08/15 - 11:03am in response to: Irek IrekM

I think there's a big misconception about what's happening. If I use OpenJDK, I can freely use the security and class packaging features that are part of this complaint, because the OpenJDL GPL license guarantees to me protection from patents infringments. If I developed something that is not Java and uses those security and class packaging features, I would be at risk of being sued.

I agree that software patents are flawed. But it's not true that large amounts of FOSS projects are at risk. Things that are built upon regular Java aren't, at least for the reasons that we're discussing about.

Edited to add:

There are many things that we're not understanding about this history. I think that before drawing any judgement we have to wait and learn more details.

Venkateswara Ra... replied on Mon, 2010/08/16 - 12:31pm

I vote for ORACLE.

Gauthier, Hough... replied on Thu, 2011/08/04 - 1:31pm

The fact that Oracle has chosen to sue Google over its implementation is sure to cause concern in the wider Java community. -Gauthier, Houghtaling and Williams

Carla Brian replied on Mon, 2012/06/18 - 5:47pm

It is very unfortunate that java is not free. Oh well I hope this will be effective. - James Stuckey

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