The Supreme Court set an October hearing date last week that may prove disastrous for Google. Oracle is suing Google for copyright infringement concerning its Java API software.
The Supreme Court’s ruling may finally lay to rest a legal battle that has raged since 2010. Google claims its copyright theft is protected under fair use law. It shouldn’t be too hard for the Court to make a ruling–Google’s practices don’t fall under the proper confines of fair use.
Let’s take a short trip back to 2010 to see what Google did in the first place. Instead of obtaining a license from Oracle for their software, Google decided to copy Oracle’s widely-available Java API software. API stands for application programming interfaces and is defined as a “set of core libraries that facilitate applications’ development… by providing basic system or language functionalities.” APIs give developers ready-to-use functions to avoid repeatedly coding existing features and make programs more compatible with different platforms. They’re a crucial tool for software development and are essential for interoperability.
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