More than two dozen groups, including tech giants Microsoft, IBM, and IBM’s Red Hat subsidiary, have weighed in behind Google in its Supreme Court battle with Oracle.
In the 10-year legal dispute, Oracle accused Google of stealing key code from Java to develop its Android operating system.
Google rejects the charge, arguing that Oracle cannot copyright the code, known as APIs, or application programming interfaces, which allows programs to talk to each other.
IBM, Microsoft and other parties, including the Mozilla Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and prominent figures in tech, have filed briefs in support of Google. Here’s what they said.
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Oracle and Google are about to face off before the US Supreme Court in what’s expected to be one of the biggest tech legal showdowns in history.
And some of tech’s biggest names, including IBM, Microsoft and Red Hat, are rooting for Google.
In a legal brawl that has dragged on for 10 years, Oracle is accusing Google of copyright infringement and stealing a key component of its Java technology to build the Android operating system.
“Google makes its money free-riding on the intellectual property and content of others,” Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger told Business Insider in an email. “Google stole Java and killed interoperability to create its proprietary Android operating system.”
Google rejects the charge, saying Oracle cannot copyright the code, known as APIs, or application programming interfaces — which allows programs to talk to each other.
More than two dozen parties — including tech giants, software industry veterans and tech advocacy groups — agree with Google. They filed briefs with the Supreme Court supporting Google’s position.
Here’s what some of Google’s supporters said as they threw in their support against Oracle in this case:
IBM is one of the biggest enterprise tech corporations in the world, and a rival of both Oracle and Google.
“Computer interfaces are not copyrightable. That simple, yet powerful principle has been a cornerstone of technological and economic growth for over sixty years.1 When published (as has been common industry practice for over three decades) or lawfully reverse engineered,2 they have spurred innovation through competition, increased productivity and economic efficiency, and connected the world in a way that has benefited commercial enterprises and consumers alike. Not once, until this case, has a Court of Appeals held that software interfaces are protected by copyright separate and apart from the code embodying the implementation of those interfaces. This is not because this principle is fringe; it is because it has always been accepted—based on legal precedent dating back 140 years.”
Microsoft is one the biggest tech companies in the world, and a major competitor to Oracle and Google in the enterprise market.
“The nature of innovation in the computer industry has changed dramatically over recent decades. Gone are the days when computing products operate in isolation. It is less common that a single company develops entirely proprietary products. Rather, more software products are developed through collaboration among many different parties. And consumers now demand that …read more
Source:: Business Insider