SOFTWARE HOUSE Google has been given clarification and a deadline of Friday to comply with a US judge's order to disclose any paid relationships with the media.
US District Court Judge William Alsup said Google "failed to comply" with his order of 7 August in the firm's patent litigation with enterprise database and applications vendor Oracle.
In Alsup's original ruling, he ordered Google and Oracle to hand over the names of journalists and bloggers they paid during the Java copyrights and patents lawsuit by Friday 17 August.
"The Court is concerned that the parties and/or counsel herein may have retained or paid print or internet authors, journalists, commentators or bloggers who have and/or may publish comments on the issues in this case," Alsup's order read.
In a statement on Friday, Google said it has not paid any author, journalist, commentator or blogger to report or comment on any issues in this case. It did, however, reveal a list of paid academic researchers in the fields of artificial intelligence, networking, privacy and security from top institutions such as Cambridge, Harvard, Princeton and Stanford. The firm also listed groups such as the US Chamber of Commerce, the Interactive Advertising Bureau and Creative Commons.
While Google failed to comply with the order regarding the media and requested clarification instead, Oracle published its list of individuals and organisations that it had paid, naming blogger Florian Mueller and Stanford professor Paul Goldstein, who said he merely advised a law firm and didn't write about the lawsuit.
The court order followed a trial between to two companies that ended in a Google victory in May, which Oracle is set to appeal.
Judge Alsup ruled that the 37 application programming interfaces (APIs) that Oracle had claimed Google infringed were not copyrightable. The lawsuit resulted in Oracle getting a bill for some of Google's legal expenses, to the tune of $4m, over which the parties are still fighting. µ