Oracle has agreed damages with Google over the long-running Java dispute, which will see the search giant pay the enterprise software maker nothing – a fair whack less than the original $6bn it was seeking.
The agreement covers the outstanding copyright infringement claims Oracle had made against Google. The trial, which began in May, had found that Google had copied around nine lines of Oracle's Java code when developing its Android smartphone operating system.
But the court rejected Oracle's other claims, most notably whether Google had copied 37 of Java's application programming interfaces. Here, the presiding judge, William Alsup, ruled that APIs were not subject to copyright protection.
Alsup is widely quoted as having asked, upon learning of the latest settlement: “Is there a catch I need to be aware of?”.
By agreeing to settle for zero damages, Oracle looks to be tying up loose ends so that it can launch an appeal against the API copyright ruling – where, had it been successful, it had stood to win most damages.
Oracle's lead attorney Michael Jacobs told the judge he hoped to see him again after the appeal.
Aside from the matter of that appeal, the only outstanding issue in the current case is whether Google will make an application for Oracle to pay its legal costs.
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