Phase 1: Copyright of the Oracle vs Google trial has ended yesterday with the closing arguments of both parties. After two weeks of intense court battle, it looks like this one could go either way, as both sides have made compelling arguments to support their claims. If you’re interested in learning further details regarding the lawsuit, you should read our timeline of the Oracle vs Google trial. What follows is a summary of the closing statements made by Oracle and Google attorneys.
The closing statement for Oracle, made by attorney Michael Jacobs, highlights that the email exchanges between Eric Schmidt, Andy Rubin, and Tim Lindholm (brought forward during the trial) clearly denote that Google officials were well aware of the fact that they needed to get a Java license from Sun in order to avoid legal issues. Oracle’s closing statement went on to mention that if you add extra content to copyrighted content, it's still infringing. Jacobs also attacked Google’s fair-use defense claim: while Android might be offered for free, it is still designed with profit in mind. The revenue Android generates for Google was detailed in the trial, catch our coverage here.
Google attorney’s Robert Van Nest closing statement focused once more on Google’s claim that the 37 APIs cannot be copyrighted, and was not shy of revisiting bits from the testimony of former Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz, who claimed Sun never considered suing Google as he felt Sun officials “didn’t feel we had any grounds”. In addition, probably the most compelling of Van Nest’s arguments are the mere 9 lines of code reported to be copied by Google. Contrastingly, the Android OS source code is made out of 15 million lines of code, so it would appear like Android did not rip off Java.
It remains to be seen how the jury will decide on the claims brought forward in the “copyright phase” of the Oracle vs Google trial. Next up is the “patent phase”, followed by the “damages phase” (but only if Google is found guilty of violating any of Oracle's copyrights and patents).
We’ll be here to report further developments in this high-profile lawsuit as they happen.