Linked by OSGuy on Fri 21st Jan 2011 22:22 UTC
Google "Sometimes the sheer wrongness of what is posted on the web leaves us speechless. Especially when it's picked up and repeated as gospel by otherwise reputable sites like Engadget. 'Google copied Oracle's Java code, pasted in a new license, and shipped it', they reported this morning. Sorry, but that just isn't true."
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RE[3]: Comment by Radio
by JAlexoid on Sun 23rd Jan 2011 12:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Radio"
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Why? AFAIK willful copyright infringement attracts higher damages awards, including statutory damages, but copyright infringement can still occur whether the act is willful or not. Oracle wins either way. The question now is all about damages.


Oh, Oracle will get this one 100%. It's just not a big deal, because Google have already removed the files and these files haven't exactly created financial losses to Oracle(the code is/was freely distributed by Oracle with limitations).
Oracle's lawyers will have to find some really obscure legal hook that will hit Google financially.
Copyrighted works are accidentally redistributed all the time, most of the time compliance with a take down notice is enough.

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