The U.S. Supreme Court today confirmed it will hear a long-running copyright lawsuit against Oracle and Google, foreign media reported. That led Google to challenge a controversial ruling that could be a major blow to software development because it established that companies can deny access to code-based elements through copyright law. As for the trial date has not yet been set.
For years, Oracle has said that Google’s Android system was based on code stolen from the Java software platform. Google says it has developed its own alternative to Java code. Although lower courts sided with Google, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has repeatedly overturned their decision. The latter concludes that companies can obtain the rights to THE API package, which makes it important for different software programs to work together, while preventing other companies from using it commercially without permission.
The dispute between Oracle and Google is understood to have been going on for nearly a decade. Oracle first sued Google after it acquired Java-owned Sun Microsystems in 2010. At the time, Oracle said Google had infringed its Java copyright and patents. But Google eventually won the patent suit in 2012 and soon after. However, Oracle appealed the decision, leading to a New Year’s legal battle between the two companies. Google unsuccessfully asked the Supreme Court in 2014 to review a federal circuit court ruling.