Posted 06/30/2015 at 9:40 AM
Posted 2 years ago
The Supreme Court of The United States has shut down Google in a case heard before them today involving Oracle and Java.
The case, Google v. Oracle, 14-140, was brought by Oracle Corp. was seeking $1 billion in damages over allegations that Google used their Java programming code to hurriedly create their iconic Android operating software for smartphones and tablets without paying them for it.
The situation focuses on how there is a split between companies that create these API’s, or application programming interfaces, and those companies who uses those codes to develop software without having to devote a great deal of time and finances.
A federal court in Washington State found in favor of Oracle being the creator of the code.
Google then made its appeal to the highest court in the land, claiming that the lower court’s decision would stifle future innovation in programming technology.
The justices came back and ruled in favor of the decision of the lower court.
Oracle had gotten support from Microsoft and other API developers when it first brought the allegations against Google, and the Obama administration had made a recommendation against reversing the decision to the Supreme Court.
The case will now return to the appeals court so that Google can argue their claim of fair usage.