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Research seems to point to Google infringement of Java code

Jan 21, 2011, 20:34 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

[ Thanks to Amy Bennett for this link. ]

"Fans of Google who were rooting for the company in the Oracle v. Google copyright infringement case over Java may be a bit dismayed after reading the claims by one free software advocate made this morning. According to Florian Mueller, there is mounting evidence in the original source files from Oracle's Java and Google's Android that code was indeed infringed.

"In fact, Mueller claims that there is even more evidence of infringement than that highlighted in Oracle's recent amendment to the lawsuit, which contains Exhibit J. This exhibit displays evidence that Oracle claims is clearly infringement on the part of Google's Android developers.

"I am not going to be one of those analysts who jumps up and cries out "infringement!" every time they see similar code. As we saw way back at the beginning of the SCO v. the Planet Earth debacle, that kind of behavior can easily be manipulated by either party in a lawsuit. Mueller likely knows this too, so instead of just looking at the exhibit, he went off and examined the original source files from Oracle's Java and Google's Android."

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