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Google accuses Oracle of hiding code in Android lawsuit

updated 01:10 pm EST, Fri November 12, 2010

Google says Oracle deceptive in Android case

Google has filed a response to Oracle's claims that Android 2.2 copied Java that accused Oracle of deliberately manipulating code. The search firm argued that Oracle had either deleted or hidden copyright headers and "expressive material" to make it look like Android's Dalvik virtual machine was a copy. Outside of the Harmony libraries, all of Dalvik and the rest of Android was developed independently, Google said in Groklaw's copy of the answer.

The counterclaim also claimed that Dalvik wasn't a Java virtual machine and that any supposed infringement would have come from third-party code rolled into Android. Oracle was also said to have unfairly tried to include its own patents in licenses that otherwise don't have technology it owns.

Google has already insisted that Oracle deliberately changed policies to profit on code it once argued needed to be open-source. Java was originally developed by Sun and transferred its patents over to Oracle when it was bought out last year.

Discovery to determine evidence in the case starts as soon as December 2, but the formal trial is now not set to begin until October 31 of next year.

by MacNN Staff



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