Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has gone to the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to make a ruling on a copyright lawsuit filed against the company by Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) 4 years ago. The case was filed on Monday and is asking the court to overturn a ruling made by an appeals court that found Google guilty of copyright infringement.
“Early computer companies could have blocked vast amounts of technological development by claiming 95-year copyright monopolies over the basic building blocks of computer design and programming,”
Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) claimed in its earlier filing that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) had incorporated some parts of Java technology into their Android operating system. The company has been demanding $1 billion on compensation for the alleged copyright infringement.
Android is the most dominant mobile device operating system, accounting for more than 80%. A verdict upholding the appeals court ruling will cost Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) huge sums of money in compensation and will form a risky precedent for how software developers should operate.
A court sitting in San Francisco had earlier said that Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) couldn’t claim copyright infringement for part of Java, but this case later overturned by a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting in Washington.
The case looks into whether one can copyright Application development interfaces that are used to connect programs, popularly known as APIs. Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) had claimed that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) had used the structure of some 37 Java APIs.
The Redwood City, California-based company has until Friday November 7, 2014 to file its response to the case.
This article has been written by Victor Ochieng.