Two Internet companies have set in motion what some believe will be the "World-Series of lawsuits." It seems no issue can be worked out anymore without dragging things through the court. Google and Oracle are about to face of in court to argue over Java. Yes... Java!
Oracle, who obtained Java when they acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010, claims the Android mobile operating system creation violated seven different Java patents. Out of the seven, five claims were thrown-out in 2010. However, there are still two claims which they are holding on to for battle.
The Java lawsuit alleges copyright violation. To be more precise, the Google and Oracle lawsuit filings allege the former copied more than 37 Java application programing interfaces (APIs) and 11 lines of Java source code while creating Android. If these allegations hold up in court, the Android parent company will be the biggest test-cheating copier ever!
Does that mean anyone who does web design, or makes a running Java applet will be guilty of copyright infringement? How far is Oracle going with this? It seems this lawsuit could be a game changer.
Google states they did no wrongdoingÂ—like they'd actually release a statement saying they had when they are about to find themselves in courtÂ—and argues APIs are more like tools and techniques programmers use to build software, and should not be subject to copyright protection.
Will this lawsuit make Google stock quotes drop?