It is the legal case that has been gripping the tech world recently, and today the Northern District Federal Court in California ruled that implementation of Oracle’s code within Android is fair use. Had Google lost the case they could have been handed a huge bill, with Oracle seeking $9 billion (approximately €8 bn/£6.1 bn) in damages.
The case is centred around Java APIs, for which Oracle owns the copyright to. These APIs are used within Android, but Google successfully argued that the implementation constitutes fair use.
Oracle and Google have been in dispute over Android’s implementation of Java APIs for some time. The latest ruling follows the US Supreme Court refusing to hear Google’s appeal, back in June 2015.