Android vs. Oracle: An Easy Explanation

As an Android user, you might have heard news about a company called Oracle suing Google (the creators of the Android platform). The reason for the lawsuit, like most lawsuits in tech, revolves around patents. Oracle believes that Google infringed on its patents by using the Java programming language as the core of the Android platform. Click through to find out what’s at stake for Google.

What the trial means for Android users

Oracle is seeking royalties from Android revenue because their software–Java–is used to power the device. If Oracle wins the suit, it could impact the price consumers have to pay for their Android phones and tablets.

How much does Oracle want?

Oracle’s initial suit sought billions of dollars from Google, but many of the patents Oracle claimed ownership over have been invalidated. Oracle is now seeking a minimum of $32.2 million in damages from Google but is also seeking more in damages because they believe Google infringed on their patents on purpose.

Can a programming language be copyrighted?

Google’s case rests on the assertion that a programming language such as java cannot be copyrighted. Google admits to using Java API packages but argues that they cannot be copyrighted any more than a spoken language like English or French.

If you want a detailed breakdown of the precedents at work for both sides, check out this link.