Copyrights have always been a subject in the tech sector and it appears that two of the industry’s giants are to clash horns again, citing reasons of a game changing re-trial. After six year gap, Alphabet Inc and Oracle reappeared in court, with accusations that the search engine titan has stolen the latter’s programming to turn into a front-runner in the smartphone sector.
Oracle Corporation argued that the operating system of the search engine giant’s smartphone, called Android, has violated copyrights on fragments of the Java programming language. However, Google claims that Android is not only a bi-product of its own innovation, but under the fair-use provisions of copyright law, where it is not responsible to pay Oracle at any cost.
Meanwhile, the dispute mainly highlights Java’s application programming interfaces (APIs). The program allows a data intercommunication between two applications.
Both industry’s giant first appeared in court in 2012 and the trial has ended with the jury in a stalemate. Apparently, if the ruling of the jury would be in favor of Oracle, the search engine giant could pay $9 billion in damages.
The Executive Chairman of Alphabet Eric Schmidt was brought on as the star witness amid court session on Tuesday. It is essential to note Mr. Schmidt’s appearance due to his former term as Sun Microsystems executive, a firm that was recently acquired by Oracle in 2010.
During his tenure at Sun, Mr. Schmidt was recognized in the launching of the Java programming language, giving him the spotlight as a candidate to speak on the matter. Due to Mr. Schmidt’s testimony, he believes that Google could use the language at all.
However, Oracle claims that the search engine giant, along with Mr. Schmidt has illegally taken advantage of the program to launch the Android smartphone, competing with Apple’s iPhone release in 2007.
It is worthy to note that amid the cross examination, Mr. Schmidt concedes that the iPhone existence, and its current position on Apple’s board, which he felt, has turned into a certain amount of “strategic pressure.”
Defense attorney of Google Robert Van Nest said during an open statement, “They want all the credit for Android’s success, and apparently billions of dollars in damages, but the evidence isn’t going to support that.”
It was explained by Mr. Van Nest that under the “fair use” of the U.S. copyright law, a firm is allowed to use copyrighted material without the consent of the rights holder, for either research or making money purposes, as the company incorporates its own method of innovation.
He added that while Google has used a small part of Java owned by Oracle, its enginery was held responsible for the creation of the operating system of Android.