Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Aug 2010 01:32 UTC, submitted by JeremyPoulson
Legal I'm supposed to be asleep right now, but this news kind of hit me like a ton of bricks: Oracle is suing Google over its Android mobile operating system, claiming it infringes on its patented Java technology. Not a good week to be Google, is it?
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RE[3]: Oracle - New Villain?
by tyrione on Fri 13th Aug 2010 05:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Oracle - New Villain?"
tyrione
Member since:
2005-11-21

Android does not need that license. Google does not say, or want to say "this application is compatible with Java SE". Neither they claim using JME. They only mention Java the language, which does not require a license. The libraries comes partly from Apache Harmony project but Google don't claim to have a compatible JDK library either.


Keep dreaming. Google does need to license. And the courts will rule in Oracle's favor with the restrictions of said license.

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RE[4]: Oracle - New Villain?
by ahmetaa on Fri 13th Aug 2010 06:26 in reply to "RE[3]: Oracle - New Villain?"
ahmetaa Member since:
2005-07-06

Well we will see. I don't think this is about that Java SE license. Patents related with this law suit seems to related with VM mechanisms.

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RE[5]: Oracle - New Villain?
by wirespot on Fri 13th Aug 2010 12:42 in reply to "RE[4]: Oracle - New Villain?"
wirespot Member since:
2006-06-21

Well we will see. I don't think this is about that Java SE license.


I don't think so either. Actually I think it's much much simpler than that. Android is starting to take off so Oracle wants a cut of the cake, whether they deserve it or not.

Presumably, they hope that holding something over Google will lead to a lucrative settlement or, who knows, even a per-copy license fee. Although God knows how they expect to track copies of software distributed as FOSS. Maybe they expect to win with Google and then use the decision to go after anybody using Android (big mobile phone manufacturers first).

Or maybe there's some secretive and unrelated dispute currently going on between Google and Oracle, and Oracle is using this lawsuit to strike back.

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RE[4]: Oracle - New Villain?
by Lobotomik on Fri 13th Aug 2010 09:44 in reply to "RE[3]: Oracle - New Villain?"
Lobotomik Member since:
2006-01-03

Says who? On what base?

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RE[4]: Oracle - New Villain?
by miscz on Fri 13th Aug 2010 18:59 in reply to "RE[3]: Oracle - New Villain?"
miscz Member since:
2005-07-17

I think company like Google was aware of this threat when creating Android. Was there even official statement from their part? I think they have something up their sleeve even though the legal battle will probably be long and costly.

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