Android Java code likely to damage Google’s defense against Oracle’s patent infringement lawsuit

Verizon iPhone 4“A dispute erupting over the legitimacy of claims may have been settled on Friday with a study,” Electronista reports.

“Following assertions that the files were just for testing and in some cases had already been deleted, Engadget’s Nilay Patel argued that the technical issues were irrelevant and the files’ very existence could make Google liable,” Electronista reports. “Even if removed from the current code tree, inserted automatically or absent from current phones, the attempts to change the licenses may have violated Oracle’s copyrights. ‘Somewhere along the line, Google took Oracle’s code, replaced the GPL [licensing] language with the incompatible Apache Open Source License, and distributed the code under that license publicly,’ Patel said. ‘That’s all it takes — if Google violated the GPL by changing the license, it also infringed Oracle’s underlying copyright.'”

Electronista reports, “Even outside of the contested code, Oracle has already pointed to more direct examples that it contended were direct copies of the Java technology it owns.”

More info and links in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: How about Google goes back to developing their own intellectual property, focusing on the things they’re good at, and stops following Apple around like a little lost puppy dog? While we’ll never be able to respect Google the way we once did, such changes would be a very welcome. A Microsoft by any other name would smell as sour.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “sparkplug” for the heads up.]


  1. What happens to Android after Google is found in violation of Oracle’s copyright infringement and as a result of Verizon now offering a real iPhone will be interesting. Good luck.

  2. I see a lot of trouble for Google. The make most of their money on search, but are blowing a lot of money an a lot of other products that loose money. The patent fights are going to take some of their steam.

  3. Google can not handle it’s growth, reshuffles CEO, patent lawsuits will drain a few billion $ and keeps doing evil as copycats!!!!! Get them Oracle ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    All good news 4 AAPL shares :-\ BUY Buy bye!!!!

    2011 = $422
    2015 = $828!

  4. I’d hate to be the person in charge of product development at the companies that are attempting to develop tablets based on the Androids OS. They’re betting big $$$ that they get the Android OS for ‘free’, when in reality they’re on very thin ice at best and could be subjecting their company to some very serious financial and PR liabilities and damages at worst.

    Don’t take these lawsuits against the Android OS lightly, iPad wannabes. Instead of producing an “iPad killer”, you could instead be making your own petard with you as the victim.

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