When Oracle decides to sue people sit up and take notice. That is because the company has the money available to take a case through the court system, instead of running out part way through and having to settle.
If the point is worth making, the verdict should come.
This is a second notice from Oracle, where they allege that Google copied parts of the Java code it uses directly and without permission.
InfoWorld has the update on the suit which was originally files in August –
Oracle has updated its lawsuit against Google to allege that parts of its Android mobile phone software "directly copied" Oracle’s Java code.
Oracle filed a surprise lawsuit against Google in August, claiming portions of Google’s mobile OS platform infringe Java-related copyrights that Oracle acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems.
Oracle’s original lawsuit provided few details about the alleged infringement, but in an amended complaint filed Wednesday it gets more specific, providing examples of code attached as exhibits.
The complaint says Android includes infringing class libraries and documentation, and that "approximately one third of Android’s Application Programmer Interface (API) packages" are "derivative of Oracle’s copyrighted Java API packages" and related documents.
"The infringed elements of Oracle America’s copyrighted work include Java method and class names, definitions, organization, and parameters; the structure, organization and content of Java class libraries; and the content and organization of Java’s documentation," Oracle says.
"In at least several instances, Android computer program code also was directly copied from copyrighted Oracle America code," Oracle alleges.
Oracle also accuses Google of infringing several Java-related patents. Those charges appear unchanged from its original lawsuit.
Google didn’t immediately comment on the updated complaint. In the past it has called the charges a "baseless" attack on Google and the open source community and vowed to fight them.
Oracle is seeking an injunction to block the alleged use of its code and treble damages.
We need to bring some of the wording of litigation out of the Victorian age. Example – treble damages. Why not say triple, because few know what treble means in this context.
Triple damages could be quite a lot, and depending on the disposition of the court, could seriously restrict Google’s spending …for a month or two. Whether a loss of the use of code would be a problem is hard to tell – but I’m sure that Google is dispatching a team to code around the alleged infringing parts right now.
Sitting back to see this battle of the titans will be interesting to be sure.