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Google and Fair Use

Written by Michael Coyle on 28 May 2016

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In short the use was considered fair use and ought to be welcomed by all. The news will be welcomed by developers, but the case is not yet over and its likely that an appeal will be lodged. 

Oracle argued that Google’s use of its proprietary Java code exceeded fair use, and was seeking damages of up to $9bn. The numbers are staggering; Android is the most popular mobile operating system, with 1.4 billion monthly active users worldwide.

The essential test under English law is whether the defendant’s work has been produced by the substantial use of those features of the claimant’s work which, by reason of the knowledge, skill and labour employed in their production, constitute it an original copyright work. 

Fair Use

‘Fair Dealing’ covers three main uses, news reporting or research or private study or incidental inclusion. This is not applicable here. 

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