What's at stake in the copyright dispute between Google and Oracle?

April 27, 2020 - Articles

Over 50 external parties filed amicus briefs telling the Supreme Court how Google v. Oracle will affect them.

Google and Oracle will soon argue before the Supreme Court over the scope of copyright protection in an important area of software development.  Oracle sued Google for its use of Java application programming interfaces (APIs) in the Android operating system. APIs are computer code that allow different software programs to communicate with each other. 

After two separate appeals in the lower courts, Oracle stands on top with a ruling that Google infringed its copyrights in the Java platform.  Google is asking the Supreme Court to overturn the infringement ruling. 

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