Zip, zero, nada: Google to pay nothing to Oracle, as Oracle will try to appeal

by: LucianJune 21, 2012



It wasn’t too long ago that quite a few market watchers thought the trial between Oracle and Google will be the end of Android. There’s little to zero chance for anyone to still believe that now, since Google won most of the trial and all the important issues, like the APIs copyrighting issue or the patent infringement allegations.

One of the little things that Google did lose on are those, by now famous, 9 lines of code that were written by a Google employee back when he was working for Sun, and that he thought he could reuse in Android. Still, it was only 9 lines of code out of 15 million, so, as you can imagine, the potential damages that Oracle could claim were extremely small. This is why, instead of accepting the pocket change Google would have paid them for the infringement (and make it seem like the trial is over), Oracle is going to try to move  the trial forward, to an appeal.

Of course, there’s little chance Oracle will actually get the appeal they want, because Judge Alsup wrote a very detailed ruling on why he thought Google did nothing wrong, and I doubt the Court of Appeals will take the case.  Even if the appeal is accepted, it’s still almost impossible for Oracle to win the argument that APIs can be, in fact, copyrighted. Such a sweeping ruling would disrupt an entire industry, and it’s fairly obvious that it doesn’t even make sense.

But that kind of common sense thinking will not stop Oracle from trying. If they had that type of common sense, they wouldn’t have attempted to extort Google in the beginning. In the meantime, Oracle gets nothing at all from Google right now. To add injury to the insult, Oracle will have to pay some of Google’s trial expenses.