The US Supreme Court on Monday gave the reason to Google when it found that it did not violate federal copyright laws when it used parts of the Java programming code, created by a company acquired by Oracle, to develop its Android platform.
The ruling marks a major victory for Google, which had been involved in a dispute with Oracle for years over the rights to the Java code.
Of the nine Supreme Court justices, only eight evaluated the case, as conservative Amy Coney Barrett was not on the court when the oral arguments occurred. Specifically, six magistrates voted in favor of Google, while two did so against.
The case dates back to 2010, when Oracle sued Google, which belongs to the Alphabet conglomerate, for about $ 9.000 billion for developing its Android software using parts of the Java language, created by a firm acquired by Oracle, Sun Microsystems.
Since then, there have been three lawsuits, the last of them in 2018, when the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Google used Java programming code "unfairly" when developing its Android platform and gave so the reason to Oracle.
The Mountain View (California, USA) company decided to appeal the decision and the dispute finally reached the Supreme Court, which held a hearing to study the case in October last year.
Throughout this time, Oracle has argued that Google copied application programming interfaces (APIs) from its Java code, some 11.500 lines, to develop its Android operating system, which is used by most of the world's mobile phones; And so he thinks he should have paid for a license or written his language.
"The Oracle code in question here is copyrighted, and Google's use of that copyrighted code was anything but fair," Judge Clarence Thomas wrote in his dissenting opinion, along with Judge Samuel Alito.
Google had argued that its reuse of the code in question was in line with "common practices long established in the industry," insisting that there is no copyright protection governing "purely functional and non-creative computer code. The kind he took. Oracle to build Android in 2007.
The computer giant has ensured that it acted lawfully and, in the past, its then CEO, Eric Schmidt, who left the post in 2017, said he believed his company could freely use Java, because he personally made the language of Java known. programming in 1995 when he was a senior executive at Sun Microsystems.
This Monday's ruling by the Supreme Court could have consequences on the software development of the startups, since more lawsuits could come for unauthorized uses of API, something that in this case Google argues that it saw "fair" and did not believe requires permission from Oracle.
With information from agencies