Google won a long-running legal battle on Thursday as a US jury declared that the former’s Android mobile operating system doesn’t violate copyrights owned by Oracle Corp.
A California jury unanimously upheld claims by Google that its use of Oracle’s Java development platform to create Android was protected under the fair-use provision of copyright law, Reuters reported.
Google called the verdict “a win for the Android ecosystem, for the Java programming community, and for software developers who rely on open and free programming languages to build innovative consumer products.”
The trial was closely watched by software developers, who feared an Oracle victory could spur more software copyright lawsuits.
Oracle had sought US$9 billion in damages from Google for alleged copyright violations.
Following the adverse ruling Thursday, Oracle said it plans to launch an appeal.
“We strongly believe that Google developed Android by illegally copying core Java technology to rush into the mobile device market,” Oracle General Counsel Dorian Daley said in a statement.
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