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Oracle must pay Google $1.13m for lawsuit costs

That’s a long way from winning billions in damages
Wed Sep 05 2012, 15:14
Handing over money

ENTERPRISE VENDOR Oracle is having to face up to the end of its lawsuit against Google and the realisation that it is going to have to pay over $1m in costs to Google, which is a long way from the billions in damages it dreamed of winning.

Neither Oracle or Google has commented on this yet, but Groklaw reports on the court's ruling, which has dragged the money talk about as far away from Oracle's corner as you could hope to get.

According Groklaw's report Judge William Alsup trimmed Google's bill of costs, but insisted that Oracle will have to pay something.

"Oracle crafted broad, and ultimately overreaching, claims of copyright infringement," he wrote. "Oracle did not bring its API copyright claim for the benefit of addressing 'a landmark issue of national importance,' but instead fell back on an overreaching (albeit somewhat novel) theory of copyright infringement for its own financial interests late in litigation... Oracle has failed to overcome the presumption of awarding costs to Google."

Google had asked for more than the $1.13m it was granted, but Judge Alsup cut back its bill from $4,030,669.

Judge Alsup also cancelled his request to have both parties name, and shame, the journalists and bloggers that they might have paid to talk favourably about them.

"The Court [will] take no further action regarding the subject of payments by the litigants to commentators and journalists and reassures both sides that no commentary has in any way influenced the Court's orders and ruling herein save and except for any treatise or article expressly cited in an order or ruling," he said.

This had been a controversial part of the proceedings, but while Oracle confessed to paying one blogger, Google could only produce some long lists of people whom it had not paid. µ


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