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Institut für Rechtsfragen der Freien und Open Source Software

U.S. Supreme Court won't hear Oracle v. Google

Author: Dennis G. Jansen, LL.M. (Berkeley)

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on June 29, 2015 Google's application to reverse the appellate court's decision in Oracle v. Google. The court has thus decided in accordance with the Solicitor General's non-binding recommendation. The parties are litigating about whether Google requires a license to distribute an API which is partially identical with Java's. The district court will now have to determine whether the use of parts of the API by Google in Android is covered by fair use or whether Oracle can expect to collect a substantial award in damages.