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Supreme Court Overturns Oracle’s Copyright Win Over Google

  • 6-2 opinion says Google engaged in ‘fair use’ of Java code
  • Google avoids prospect of multibillion-dollar damage award
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Alphabet Inc.’s Google didn’t commit copyright infringement when it used Oracle Corp.’s programming code in the Android operating system, sparing Google from what could have been a multibillion-dollar award.

The 6-2 ruling, which overturns a victory for Oracle, marks a climax to a decade-old case that divided Silicon Valley and promised to reshape the rules for the software industry. Oracle was seeking as much as $9 billion.