Oracle America, Inc. v. Google LLC

Fitzpatrick Case Update
March 28, 2018

On March 27, 2018, the Federal Circuit held in a precedential copyright decision that Google Inc.’s (“Google”) use of Oracle America, Inc.’s (“Oracle”) Java application programming interface (“API packages”) was not fair use as a matter of law, contrary to a jury’s finding that it was fair use.  In so doing, the Federal Circuit reversed a decision denying Oracle’s request for judgment as a matter of law and request for a damages trial.  The impact of yesterday’s decision could mean that Google will have to pay many millions of dollars in damages to Oracle.  (Oracle was seeking as much as $8.8 billion).   

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