Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th May 2014 18:36 UTC
Legal

A San Francisco federal judge had decided that Oracle could not claim copyright protection on parts of Java, but on Friday the three-judge Federal Circuit panel reversed that ruling.

"We conclude that a set of commands to instruct a computer to carry out desired operations may contain expression that is eligible for copyright protection," Federal Circuit Judge Kathleen O'Malley wrote.

This is terrible news for the technology industry and us enthusiasts.

This case should have ended with this. Everything after that is a sham.

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Google Should Buy Oracle
by project_2501 on Fri 9th May 2014 21:19 UTC
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2006-03-20

Google should just buy Oracle and be done with it.

And then open source all their code and IPR - and make a point of not using it themselves.

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RE: Google Should Buy Oracle
by Priest on Sun 11th May 2014 08:31 in reply to "Google Should Buy Oracle"
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2006-05-12

Oracle has a 200B market cap. It's one of the biggest technology companies in the country and Larry Ellison is unlikely to sell his ownership. Buying them would likely cost close to $300B.

If they wanted to own Java they should have purchased sun Microsystems cheap (7.4B), paid for a proper license, or worked on support of another major programming language to be used as a replacement.

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RE[2]: Google Should Buy Oracle
by ricegf on Sun 11th May 2014 12:10 in reply to "RE: Google Should Buy Oracle"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Actually, they just need to introduce a New! Improved! Android-optimized! API for Android 5, alongside the creaky, old, antiquated, and sub-optimized Oracle API, and encourage developers to move to it quickly for best results. Add an "Optimize for Five" badge with featured positioning in Play as an added incentive.

Then, if SCOTUS eventually rules against Google, they can just drop those sad old Oracle APIs in Android 6 and be non-infringing. They won't avoid paying for past infringement, of course, but it will avoid Oracle's inevitable filing for an injunction and demand for future royalty payments.

But methinks Shakespeare was right.

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Here!..
by dionicio on Sun 11th May 2014 19:45 in reply to "RE: Google Should Buy Oracle"
dionicio Member since:
2006-07-12

History changed forever.

The lesson:

SUN was NOT a competitor.
They where just asking for
their just slice of the fruit pay.

SHARE the fruit pay.
You got it at the end of scale,
but lot of people got you up there.

Edited 2014-05-11 19:58 UTC

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RE: Google Should Buy Oracle
by l3v1 on Tue 13th May 2014 06:15 in reply to "Google Should Buy Oracle"
l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

Google should just buy Oracle and be done with it.

And then open source all their code and IPR - and make a point of not using it themselves.


Buying the judges would be cheaper.

If this goes further, they might end up paying Oracle a sh*load of money. If they do, the next step they should to would be to push out a new language and api to totally replace java in android, then use their momentum to simply make java totally irrelevant in the mobile space (again).

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