The lawsuit between Oracle and Google is not yet over, and Judge Alsup orders the two parties to disclose if they paid bloggers or journalists to cover the trial. This may prove important in the next trial, considering that Oracle is planning to appeal Judge Alsup’s verdict.
Here’s the text of the order:
The Court is concerned that the parties and/or counsel herein may have retained or paid print or internet authors, journalists, commentators or bloggers who have and/or may publish comments on the issues in this case. Although proceedings in this matter are almost over, they are not fully over yet and, in any event, the disclosure required by this [...]
The Oracle vs Google trial was one of the biggest legal spats in the tech industry in quite a while, with Oracle standing to gain billions of dollars from Google. At least that’s what Oracle wanted us (and the judge) to believe when they filed the lawsuit against Google. Judge Alsup has repeatedly asked Oracle to drastically reduce their damages claims and patent infringement claims, even before the trial started, because he never considered that Oracle deserved to win that much, even if Google did infringe on their intellectual property.
When the trial started, the tides started to quickly turn in Google’s favor, with the judge saying that, if Oracle won, [...]
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 [...]