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Oracle counts cost of Android Java dispute

Oracle will have to pay $1.13m to cover Google’s court costs, following its loss in the recent Android and Java litigation, reports The Register.

Gavin Clarke writes:

Oracle had tried to prove in court that Google’s mobile operating system Android unfairly copied its Java technology. Now Oracle will have to pay $1.13m to settle its opponent’s tab, including the cost of bringing in court-appointed damages expert James Kearl, Judge William Alsup ruled yesterday. The court had previously ordered Oracle and Google to split Kearl’s fees between them 50-50.

But the judge also tossed out Google’s attempt to claim back nearly $3m in discovery fees owed to FTI Consulting.

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Back in June a Californian court found against the database giant, which gained the rights to Java following its acquisition of Sun Microsystems. As part of the copyright dispute, the judge ruled in favour of Google, in terms of its use of Java in Android, and whether this could be allowed under terms of “fair use”.

District Court Judge William Alsup found: “When there is only one way to express an idea or function, then everyone is free to do so and no one can monopolize that expression.”

“So long as the specific code used to implement a method is different, anyone is free under the Copyright Act to write his or her own code to carry out exactly the same function,” he said in his ruling.

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