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Google calls Oracle lawsuit "baseless" as conspiracies mount

updated 03:45 pm EDT, Fri August 13, 2010

Oracle accused by Google of opportunism

Google today responded to Oracle's patent lawsuit with an intention to defend itself. It called the anti-Android dispute "baseless" and argued that the complaint wasn't just attacking Google but anyone using open-source Java. Work would keep going on Android during the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was characterized by Oracle as an attempt to halt the unauthorized use of technology it had obtained through buying Sun last year. Sun had open-sourced Java code in 2006.

New details from Java's core creator James Gosling, however, has implied that Oracle may have bought Sun with a partial aim to suing Google. "[When] we were being grilled about the patent situation between Sun and Google, we could see the Oracle lawyer's eyes sparkle," Gosling wrote.

The lawsuit threatens to challenge the fundamentals of Android, which just this week was found to have outgrown the iPhone in world market share. Apps in Android are largely based on Java, and many of the speed gains in Android 2.2 come from Google using Java's open-source code to develop a very fast, just-in-time compiler that gives virtually native speeds.




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  1. TRRosen

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    Google is full of ^%^

    The patent grant is clear you can't use Java Technology to create something thats not Java.
    Android is 90% java based but its not Java and can't run java. This is exactly what the grants terms were meant to stop. Its an anti-Embrace-Extend-Extinguish clause.

    Google saying this is an attack on open software is ridiculous. Google is the one abusing open software. Its implementation devalues java.

  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Skewed

    While I can see why Gosling might think "it's all about Java" the Oracle acquisition of Sun was much, much bigger than a opportunity to be part of a lawsuit against Google. Anyone who has been following Oracle for the past year realizes how important the merger was to Oracle long-term strategy of becoming a "complete solution" for it's customers--beyond just offering software. Their new slogan is "Software. Hardware. Complete." It's not "Software. Minor Lawsuit. s**** Google."

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  1. SockRolid

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    The lawsuit has merit, and there is precedent

    Google clearly violated the Java license agreement. Cut and dried case. And guess who tried that back in 1997? Microsoft. And guess how much Microsoft paid to Sun as a penalty? A measly $20 million. At least Microsoft now implements a 100% compliant version of Java.

    Read it and weep, Fragdroid fanbois. To save time, just search these pages for "$20 million":
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Java_Virtual_Machine
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/39130/sun_microsoft_settle_java_lawsuit.html

    But if you think Larry Ellison is suing Google for the money, you're dead wrong. $20 million is peanuts. Larry isn't suing for money. He's suing for blood.

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