Oracle Sues Google for Copyright violation on Java
Oracle has filed a copyright infringement suit against Google for allegedly using its Java technology in its Android based platforms. The lawsuit, filed in California has claimed that Google has infringed its intellectual property related to Oracle’s Java technology.
Oracle had acquired Sun Microsystem on on January 27, 2010. Oracle Corporation had paid US$7.4 billion for the acquisition. Thi agreement was signed on April 20, 2009. Sun Microsystem was the original developer of the Java Technology.
The Oracle objection is around the java compatible technology called Dalvik. Dalvik is the virtual machine on Android mobile devices. Dalvik runs applications that are converted into Dalvik Executables. Google apparently built everything from the scratch. However, Oracle claims that Google has used several Java technologies including Dalvik which infringes its Intellectual property.
It looks like a negotiation trick used by Oracle which may be attempting to collect some more money from Oracle for use of its licenses for using its “Intellectual Property”. It looks like this was not the way the original Java inventors wanted. However, Oracle looks more aggressive in terms of extracting the money they have invested. Google is expected to fight the case vigorously and refute all the claims.
However, at the end of the day, we may see a deal negotiated between Google and Oracle with Google paying a license fee to Oracle for use of its Copyrighted technology.
Shares of Orcale ( Nasdaq : ORCL) ended at 22.66 on the friday, Aug 13, 2010. It will be interesting to see its effect on Oracle (ORCL) as well as Google ( Nasdaq : GOOG) when market opens on Monday. Google (GOOG) had ended at $486.35 on Monday, Aug 13, 2010.