Sorry Google, the Supreme Court won't appeal that massive Oracle case

Google had hoped the U.S. Supreme Court would appeal its $1 billion case with Oracle over copyrighted Java code. No such luck.

The Oracle court case that Google wants to go away simply isn't.

On Monday, the Supreme Court denied Google's appeal of last May's ruling that found largely in favor of Oracle.

The central issue in the case is Google's use of 37 Java packages that are protected under copyright by Oracle in Google's Android operating system. Oracle has sought $1 billion in damages and suggested that the earlier court's protection of Oracle's Java code is important for the entire industry.

Last year, Oracle's general counsel, Dorian Daley, noted

The Federal Circuit's opinion is a win for Oracle and the entire software industry that relies on copyright protection to fuel innovation and ensure that developers are rewarded for their breakthroughs. We are confident that the district court will appropriately apply the fair use doctrine on remand, which is not intended to protect naked commercial exploitation of copyrighted material.

For its part in the appeal, Google feels that basic software commands shouldn't be protected under copyright law and reportedly suggested that copying what it did should be equal to fair use, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Oracle filed its original case back in 2010, at a time where Android wasn't yet nearly as dominant a mobile platform as it is today. The operating system relies heavily on Java as its apps programmed in that language run in a virtual machine on Android phones and tablets.

Following the Supreme Court decision on Monday, Daley reiterated Oracle's stance saying, "Today's Supreme Court decision is a win for innovation and for the technology industry that relies on copyright protection to fuel innovation."

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