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Google beats Oracle in court with 'fair use' of Java

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After a two-week trial, a federal jury concluded that Google's Android operating system does not infringe Oracle-owned copyrights.

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This is because its re-implementation of 37 Java APIs is protected by "fair use." The verdict was reached after three days of deliberations.

It isn't clear how much Oracle would have asked for in the damages phase, but it could have been as much as $9 billion. That's how much Oracle asked for in an early expert report.

There was only one question on the special verdict form, asking if Google's use of the Java APIs was a "fair use" under copyright law. The jury unanimously answered "yes," in Google's favor.

The verdict ends the trial, which began earlier this month. If Oracle had won, the same jury would have gone into a "damages phase" to determine how much Google should pay. Because Google won, the trial is over.

"I salute you for your extreme hard work in this case," said US District Judge William Alsup, who has overseen the litigation since 2010.

"With the thanks of your United States District Court, you are now discharged. I would like to come in the jury room and shake each of your hands individually."

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