Google has petitioned a US court to finally settle its patent case with Oracle about how much influence the Java code had over the Android operating system.
The Java/Android case has been ongoing since 2010, and was sent back to the courts in May, where it was ruled that computer commands can be patented. Google is opposing that ruling, and now wants the whole thing dropped or at least settled. Oracle, meanwhile, wants hundreds of millions in damages.
Court papers filed this week show Google arguing that such copyright protection, if it was always observed, would have held back the technology industry for decades.
"Early computer companies could have blocked vast amounts of technological development by claiming 95-year copyright monopolies over the basic building blocks of computer design and programming," Google is reported as saying.
During the last action in the Google vs Oracle case in May, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sent the copyright infringement lawsuit back to the US District Court for the Northern District of California, after the appeals court ruled that it is possible to copyright API code.
"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 Court of Appeals judge Kathleen O'Malley wrote at the time.
Google declined to comment on the case this week, but was more vocal in May and gave an early clue as to this recent argument.
"We're disappointed by this ruling, which sets a damaging precedent for computer science and software development, and are considering our options," it said.
V3 has requested a comment from Oracle, but has not yet received a reply.
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