Oracle should not sue Google over Java use, readers say

Big thumbs down to court battle

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Computerworld UK readers have given an emphatic ‘no’ to Oracle’s move to sue Google over its use of Java.

Last week, Oracle alleged that Google had “directly copied” the Java code in its Android mobile phone operating system. Oracle inherited control of Java after buying Sun Microsystems in 2009.

Google denies the allegations.

Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of readers agreed with a statement, in a poll on the Computerworld UK site, that Oracle would “risk the future” of the hugely popular programming language by making the move.

As of Friday, a fifth said they hoped the issue would be solved. But the same proportion said Oracle had the right to protect its intellectual property by suing Google.

The lawsuit between Oracle and Google over Java copyrights already exists, but Oracle last week updated the details to include the allegation that parts of the Android mobile phone software directly copied Java code.

In the complaint, Oracle said "approximately one-third of Android's Application Programmer Interface (API) packages" are "derivative of Oracle's copyrighted Java API packages”.

"The infringed elements of Oracle America’s copyrighted work include Java method and class names, definitions, organisation, and parameters; the structure, organisation and content of Java class libraries; and the content and organisation of Java’s documentation," Oracle said.

"In at least several instances, Android computer program code also was directly copied from copyrighted Oracle America code.”

Oracle is also accusing Google of infringing several Java-related patents. Those charges appear unchanged from its original lawsuit.

Google has in the past called the charges "baseless".


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