Oracle wants $9.3 billion in damages from Google over Java API for Android


The Oracle and Google battle has surfaced again and this time the former is asking big bucks in the long time lawsuit.

Oracle is seeking $9.3 billion in damages from Google over the use of Java API in Android. Oracle claims that it should receive $475 million in damages in addition to $8.8 billion relating to “profits apportioned to infringed Java copyrights,” according to court documents cited in the report. Google says it owes Oracle maximum $100 million in damages. Both sides will meet in the previously mentioned pre-trial hearing, with the trial beginning on May 9.

The lawsuit which is dated back to 2010 involved Oracle suing Google saying that it needs a license to use parts of the Java platform in Android. Google argued that the APIs in question were essential and were not eligible to be copyrighted. Oracle owns the programming language Java as it was acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010. In December last year, Google said that it will switch to OpenJDK from Oracle’s Java APIs in Android N.


Author: Sneha Bokil

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