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2012-06-02 07:46:15

Michael Harper for RedOrbit.com A judge today made a crucial decision in the Google vs. Oracle case when he ruled APIs cannot be copyrighted. Oracle has taken Google to court, claiming they had infringed Sun Microsystems´ patents in their Android operating system. The judge has now claimed Suns´ APIs cannot be copyrighted and therefore, have not been infringed upon. Judge William Alsup said 37 such APIs used in Android are not covered by copyright. Oracle has already said...

RIAA Sues LimeWire For Trillions, Judge Finds Claim 'Absurd'
2012-05-25 10:09:08

More than 18 months after a federal judge ordered LimeWire to disable its filesharing service, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has reportedly filed an astounding $72 trillion lawsuit against the now defunct peer-to-peer filesharing company for enabling the illegal distribution of some 11,000 copyrighted songs. However, in a ruling filed earlier this month, Judge Kimba Wood of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York called the industry´s lawsuit...

Google Moves For Mistrial In Legal Battle With Oracle
2012-05-10 05:08:54

Google´s lead attorney filed a motion on Tuesday asking the U.S. District Judge overseeing its copyright and patent trial with Oracle to declare a mistrial. The move was driven by a mixed verdict delivered on Monday in the copyright phase of the trial.  The jury found that Google had violated Oracle´s copyrights in using 37 of Java´s “application programming interfaces,” or APIs, when it developed the Android mobile operating system.  However, it was...


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