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Google Rejected by U.S. Supreme Court in Oracle Java Copying Case

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Supreme Court Justices Issue Term's Last Rulings

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The U.S. Supreme Court let Oracle Corp. press accusations that Google Inc. developed the Android smartphone operating system by improperly copying Java programming language.

The copyright case has split the industry between companies that write interface code and those that rely on it to develop software programs. A lower court had ruled in favor of Oracle as the creator of the code. Google then appealed, saying the decision would block innovation in programming. The justices rejected Google’s appeal.