The Supreme Court docket guidelines in Google’s favor in copyright disputes with Oracle over Android software program

An illuminated Google logo can be seen in an office building in Zurich, Switzerland, on December 5, 2018.

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The Supreme Court sided with Google on Monday in a longstanding copyright battle over the software used in Android, the mobile operating system.

The court’s decision was 6-2. Judge Amy Coney Barrett was not involved in the case.

The case involved approximately 12,000 lines of code that Google used to build Android that were copied from the Java application programming interface developed by Sun Microsystems, which Oracle acquired in 2010.

Oracle sued Google for the use of its code and twice won its case in the US Federal Circuit Specialized Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court overturned the appeal court’s decision.

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Judge Stephen Breyer, who wrote the majority opinion on the case, argued that Google’s use of the code was protected by the copyright doctrine of fair use.

“We conclude that in this case where Google reimplemented a user interface and only used what was required for users to bring their acquired talents to a new and transformative program, copying the Sun Java Google’s API was a fair use of this material for legal reasons, “wrote Breyer.

Breyer was accompanied by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Judges Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito disagreed.

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