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The muddled mess of the Oracle vs. Google trial

May 07, 2012, 21:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

While we wait to see what the jury has to say about the two remaining patents, let’s take a closer look at what the jury decided. They said that Google's Android mobile platform infringed on part of the Java programming language. So, could this be, as one writer would have it, "be a major blow to Android, Google’s mobile operating system?" Nope.

You see the jury, however, couldn’t decide if Google’s violations of Java and its application programming interfaces (API)s were actually OK because its use of them in Android fell under fair use. Ack!

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