Google v. Oracle - Supreme Court

Today the Supreme Court is hearing oral argument in Google v. Oracle which concerns issues surrounding the interplay of software code and copyright law.

The dispute has gone through multiple trials and appeals over the course of 10 years to reach this stage.

The particular issues at hand here are:

(1) whether Java APIs are copyrightable resulting in copyright infringement by Google reuse of them in Android; and

(2) if they are copyrightable, was Google's reimplementation of the APIs in Android fair use.

The outcome of this case will have significant effects on the use of open-source software and the software industry in general moving forward.


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