Oracle updates its Lawsuit, Now Reads Google Android “directly copied” Java API Code

Oracle is serious about  shelling out big bucks from Google and this can be clear from the way it is refining its lawsuit to keep Google entangled. The Lawsuit has been updated now to say, that Google Android directly “copied code” from (now) Oracle’s Java code.

The matter started in August, which, at that time was unclear about which copyrights Google was infringing upon. However, in a recent update to the lawsuit, Google has been accused with copied codes attached. Not just that, Oracle claims that a total of of-third of Android API packages are derived from Java API packages. In Oracle’s words,

The infringed elements of Oracle America’s copyrighted work include Java method and class names, definitions, organization, and parameters; the structure, organization and content of Java class libraries; and the content and organization of Java’s documentation.

In at least several instances, Android computer program code also was directly copied from copyrighted Oracle America code.

Google has not yet replied on these claims and its decision will have a decisive impact on the future of the Android OS. Oracle is playing a dirty game here, as it knows that the API libraries that Android uses forms a decisive part (1 /3rd) of its code and that Google has no other option but to comply. It would really help if Oracle channels its resources towards developing Java and taking care of  other ignored projects and people.


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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. He rants occasionally at You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.

  • Confused

    So, in your conclusion, you are saying let any body copy any ones hard work then distribute it as free ware and make money off that.
    Agreed that Java was not built by Oracle but that is beyond the point, here the real question is do we allow such breach of copyrights. Google has always been about money and never about any open source (including Android) or any higher goals of openness or freedom (one recent publicised example: net neutrality!!!).
    Agreed that Oracle is no role model, however the real villain in this is Google for poaching (and preaching) and not Oracle for legitimately defending its territory. This time it is Java from Oracle next time it will be from a small time player who will not be able to defend their life’s work without going bankrupt.