Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd May 2012 18:25 UTC
Legal We've got some really good news for all of you: the jury verdict in the patent phase of the Oracle v. Google trial is in, and it's a unanimous one: no patent infringement. This means that the most Oracle could possibly get out of this is a few hundred thousand dollars if (and that's a very big if) judge Alsup rules that APIs are copyrightable. Oracle pretty much lost everything. Permit me to say, in your face, Ellison.
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Actually...
by cyrilleberger on Wed 23rd May 2012 21:20 UTC
cyrilleberger
Member since:
2006-02-01

... Oracle already won at least 150k$ for the checkRange function and the test files (not sure if it is 150k$ total or multiply by the number of test files + 1). However, if API are ruled to be copyrightable, a new trial would have to be held to determine if Google is protected by fair use, and if not, the damage earned by Oracle could amount in several millions.

But anyway, it is all going to be appealed, so lets meet again in a year...

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RE: Actually...
by lemur2 on Wed 23rd May 2012 23:40 in reply to "Actually..."
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

... Oracle already won at least 150k$ for the checkRange function and the test files (not sure if it is 150k$ total or multiply by the number of test files + 1). However, if API are ruled to be copyrightable, a new trial would have to be held to determine if Google is protected by fair use, and if not, the damage earned by Oracle could amount in several millions.

But anyway, it is all going to be appealed, so lets meet again in a year...


$150K is a maximum, not a minimum. We are only talking about 9 lines of code, after all.

PS: Oracle's estimated costs to bring this lawsuit amounts to about $10 million.

Edited 2012-05-23 23:44 UTC

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RE: Actually...
by Radio on Thu 24th May 2012 07:32 in reply to "Actually..."
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

Nope. They may win that. But remember we were told (by the usual suspects) that this was a "billion dollar case" which would "spell doom on Android".

And now?

Oracle has 9 lines of code written by the author of the code, who may have copied it or just redid it the same, but code the judge himself said he could have written it's so basic. And Oracle has some test files that a contractor, contrary to Google's express instructions, somehow put in, but they were never shipped and Google removed them when they were notified that they were in there. That's all Oracle has so far.

(Groklaw)

Uhuhuh.

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RE: Actually...
by foregam on Thu 24th May 2012 16:08 in reply to "Actually..."
foregam Member since:
2010-11-17

Right, except they started out asking $6bln. and they get at most $150k. That's a 40000-fold smaller sum, or 0,0025% if you prefer. Not really a big win...

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