Google vs OracleAs any techie might know by now, the Oracle people came down on Google on April 16 in court accusing the search engine giant of using 37 API’s in their Java software that Oracle says belongs to them. The copyright battle would have decimated Google to a degree in this area of its developmental software as it related directly to the Android mobile phone market.

That’s right, the trial was supposed to decide if Google had indeed illegally used Oracle’s APIs to develop the super popular and financially successful Android OS. As corporations, experts and of course stock holders were on the edge of their seats waiting to see what the court had to say. Today the court threw Oracle a bone but didn’t end the issue either. Basically what the court did was to say was that Google did indeed violate Oracle’s rights but the court didn’t allow the home run hitting issue of copyright violation to be decided. Had they done that, Google would have had to fork over $1 billion.

Like forking over $1 billion would have hurt Google?

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