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MAY 7, 2012 3:22PM

The Verdict Is In: Google Infringed On Oracle Copyrights

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The jury in the long-running infringement case between Google and Oracle has ruled that certain pieces of Android APIs were too similar to code used in Oracle’s Java programming tools. But the jury was split on whether or not Google could claim fair use in its defense, which could lead to a mistrial.

The decision comes after nearly two years of legal wrangling between the companies: Oracle originally filed the lawsuit in August 2010, claiming that Android infringed on technology that it had acquired from Sun Microsystems a year earlier.

But it wasn’t a quick or decisive ruling: The jury’s decision came down after District Judge William Alsup urged jurors to take the weekend to consider claims, after it had reached a partial decision last week. Even with that time, the jury was still unable to rule whether Google was protected under the fair use doctrine. That could throw a wrench in things, as an attorney for Google said the search giant would file for mistrial as a result, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

The decision is just the first of three portions of deliberation in the jury trial. The first section revolves around the copyright question related to the alleged infringement. The jury will return to consider patent questions in the second round of deliberations, and will consider damages that Google might be liable for in a third round.

I’ve reached out to Google and Oracle for official comment on the jury’s decision and will update this post when/if I hear back!

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United States Copy[rite] law has been wrong since 1790 and this error is being brought to light by simultaneous wire and radio communications called the Internet. United States fair-use exception to copy[rite] generally violates International law known as the "Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works" that the United States claims to accept in 1988. The fair-use exception exists only in the BACKWARDS United States.
Neeley v NameMedia Inc, et al (5:12-05074) is the beginning of the last attempt I will make to fix United States' laws.