Justice considered what the use of the Java programming language to develop the Android operating system was “fair”.
The decision, taken by 6 votes to 2, was accompanied by much expectation as a key opinion on the issue of copyright in the digital age, which also exempts Google from paying billions to its competitor.
Oracle filed a $ 9 billion lawsuit against Google in 2011, accusing the company of having the Android operating system was developed using parts of the Java language, created by Sun Microsystems – purchased by Oracle a year earlier.
The company said in the process that Google copied Java’s programming interfaces (API), about 11,000 lines of code, to develop the operating system used by most cell phones in the world.
The US court found that APIs, the set of functions and procedures that serve to mediate interactions between programs, are different from other types of software and that Google copied only 0.4% of the 2.86 million lines of code from the Java API.
Google used this set of functions to allow developers to create applications for Android, which the court now considered to be “transformative use”.
Judge Stephen Breyer wrote that the use of this language was “fair; therefore, Google’s copy did not violate copyright law”.
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