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Supreme Court Sides with Google in Landmark Copyright Suit
Author: David A. EinhornDate: June 4, 2021
The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that Google’s inclusion of Oracle’s software code in its Android mobile operating system constituted a fair use under U.S. copyright law. The 6-2 decision in Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc. concludes what had been dubbed the “copyright lawsuit of the decade.”
In 2010, Oracle America, Inc. (Oracle) filed suit against Google Inc. (Google) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that Google's unauthorized use of 37 packages of Oracle's Java application programming interface (API packages) in its Android operating system infringed Oracle's patents and copyrights. APIs allow programmers to use the prewritten code to build certain functions into their own programs rather than write their own code to perform those functions from scratch. Although Oracle makes the Java platform freely available to programmers building applications, Oracle charges a licensing fee to those who want to use the APIs in a competing platform or embed them in an electronic device.
May the Taste of Food be Eligible for Copyright Protection?
In Levola Hengelo BV v. Smilde Food BV (Case C-310/17), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently...
SCOTUS Decision in Tech Battle May Reshape Copyright Law
The U.S. Supreme Court Will Have the Final Word in an Epic Legal Battle Between Google and Oracle, Which Could...
Third Circuit Court Affirms Banana Costume Entitled to Copyright Protection
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals Recently Affirmed a District Court Ruling Granting a Preliminary Injunction in a Copyright Infringement...
SCOTUS Adds Pirate Ship Copyright Case to Docket
The U.S. Supreme Court Has Added a Copyright Infringement Case Involving Blackbeard's Pirate Ship to its Docket for Next Term...
U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Meaning of “Full Costs” Under Copyright Law
April 4, 2019
In Rimini Street, Inc. v. Oracle USA, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court Clarified the Meaning of “Full Costs” Under Copyright...
Local Theater Faces Stiff Penalties for Copyright Infringement
February 28, 2019
Producing a Play Without Obtaining Permission From Copyright Holders Can Result in Significant Legal Penalties… Producing a play without obtaining...
How the Music Modernization Act Will Reshape US Copyright Law
September 28, 2018
The Music Modernization Act of 2018 Represents the Largest Overhaul of Music Licensing in More Than Two Decades... On September...
No Monkey Business - Ninth Circuit Rules Monkey Can’t Bring Copyright Suit Over Selfie
June 13, 2018
Ninth Circuit Rules Monkey May Not Hold Copyright Under U.S. Copyright Act Naruto, arguably the world’s most famous crested macaque,...
Patent vs Copyright: Which One Do I Need?
March 8, 2017
Patent vs Copyright: Which Is The Correct IP Protection You Need? Patents and copyrights are two vital aspects of intellectual...