Thursday, May 26, 2016
Things were tricky to explain, but thankfully the messages seems to have been passed across, and Google landed a victory in the Oracle trial.
The case has been in and out of courts over the past years, with Oracle seeking billions in damages, claiming Google copied its Java API, while Google said it was using it because it was open-source and it didn't "copy it" but re-implemented it.
The tide as been turning since then, with judges ruling APIs can't be copyrighted (which would have put the thing to rest) but later being overturned, and now the decision that using the Java API falls under "fair use". A decision that let's the developers of the world breathe again, as the opposite decision would be a nightmare in regards to using APIs.
It would be nice to say this is the end of it, but unfortunately it isn't. Oracle will appeal - and let's hope this time there's no reversal of this decision.