A federal jury failed to agree on a pivotal issue in Oracle's copyright-infringement case against Google, blunting the impact of a partial verdict that found Google relied on unlicensed technology while building its popular Android software for mobile devices. The impasse reached Monday in San Francisco hobbles Oracle Corp.'s attempt to extract hundreds of millions of dollars from Google on grounds that the search leader pirated parts of Android from Oracle's Java programming system. http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-05/D9UK4AR83.htm
In a decision that will satisfy nobody, the jury in the Oracle-Google copyright case has concluded that Google did indeed infringe Oracle's Java copyrights - but failed to agree whether Google's actions amounted to 'fair use'.
The decision means that Google won't have to redesign its Android operating system, but may mean it's forced to license Java.
The Federal District Court jury in San Francisco yesterday agreed that Google did infringe Java copyright in using nine lines of code called rangeCheck.
But Oracle's unlikely to see much of the $1 billion damages for which it's been calling: experts say the comparatively minor infringement will net it $150,000 at best.