The U.S. The Supreme Court handed Alphabet Inc’s Google a major victory ruling that its use of Oracle Corp’s software code to create the Android operating system that runs most of the world’s smartphones did not violate federal copyright law on Monday. In a 6-2 decision, the justices overturned a lower court’s ruling that found Google’s inclusion of Oracle’s software code in Android did not constitute fair use under U.S. copyright law.
Oracle and Google, two California-based technology giants with combined annual revenues of more than $175 billion, have been feuding since Oracle sued for copyright infringement in 2010 in San Francisco federal court. had appealed a 2018 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington reviving the suit.
The ruling spares Google of a potentially massive damages verdict. Oracle had been seeking more than $8 billion, but renewed estimates went as high as $20 billion to $30 billion. Kent Walker, senior vice president of global affairs, called the ruling a victory for consumers and computer interoperability. He added that the decision provides legal certainty to the next generation of developers whose new products and services will benefit consumers.
Dorian Daley, Oracle’s executive vice president, and general counsel said that platform just got bigger and market power greater and the barriers to entry higher, and the ability to compete lower. They stole Java and spent time litigating as only a monopolist can. This behavior is exactly why regulatory authorities around the world and in the United States are examining business practices. The Justice Department sued Google on Oct. 20, accusing the $1 trillion company of illegally using its market muscle to hobble rivals, in the biggest challenge to the power and influence of Big Tech in decades.