ORACLE HAS ADDED more allegations to its court filing against Google, claiming that it has "destroyed" the market for Java.
The case stems from the use of Java libraries in the original Android operating system design. While these are open source, a clueless judge ruled that the APIs allowing third parties to use the libraries are subject to copyright and it is those libraries which Google is accused of infringing.
As regular readers will know, we have labelled this what in journalistic circles we like to refer to as 'a heap of old horse shit' that sets a dangerous precedent for the whole industry. However, Oracle is continuing to glove-slap for satisfaction.
The latest papers filed, which Google is yet to contest the addition of, work best if dictated with a single violin playing sombrely in the background.
"Although all of these new Android versions are dependent upon the infringing Java code, applications written for these new Android versions are not compatible with the Java platform, because they do not run on the Java platform or on devices implementing the Java platform," the filing said.
"Similarly, applications written for the Java platform do not run on the versions of Android made available since October 2010. Accordingly, given the widespread dominance Android has achieved with its continued unauthorised use of the 37 Java API packages over the past few years, Android has now irreversibly destroyed Java’s fundamental value proposition as a potential mobile device operating system by breaking the 'write once, run anywhere' principle on which Java was built.
"Google’s increasing domination of the mobile device market with Android, and its continuing failure and refusal to make Android compatible with the Java platform, has destroyed the potential value of a licensed derivative version of the Java platform in the mobile device market."
Cutting to the chase, what Oracle is basically saying is that Google used them, then spat them out, leaving them unappealing to others, which makes them sound like a fallen woman in a Thomas Hardy novel.
The defence is likely to be that Java is an ageing, exploit-ridden system that has to be regularly patched up, and that forking from it was the best thing to do for customers. But, as ever with these epic battles, it's going to be down to who has the best lawyers. Or the biggest yacht.
Oracle argues that the meteoric rise of the Android platform, and its market dominance, based on thousands of lines of Java code and yielding billions in ad revenues, means that the Ellison yachting fund is due a top-up.
Google has consistently claimed that, even if the APIs are copyrightable, 'fair use' is at play. Twice the court has sided with Google, and twice the decision has been overturned on appeal by old men who probably smoke cigars but think that the World Wide Web gives you cancer. µ
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