Copyright Law Favors Oracle as It Faces Off with Google

Copyright Law Favors Oracle as It Faces Off with Google
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On October 7th, two famous tech companies, Google and Oracle, will battle in the Supreme Court over the copyrightability of computer code. It is a landmark case that gives the justices a unique opportunity to confirm our nation’s deep commitment to property rights, the original understanding of the Constitution’s Copyright and Patent Clause, and sound textualist principles of statutory interpretation.

Google v. Oracle America arises from Google's decision to copy more than 11,000 lines of computer code from the Java SE software platform without obtaining a license. One of the most successful software packages ever written, Java SE, which was purchased by Oracle from Sun Microsystems, revolutionized app development by allowing developers to write a single app that works on a wide variety of devices.

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