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Report: Google, Oracle disagree over copyright dispute damages claim

Alphabet Inc.'sGoogle Inc. unit andOracle Corp. sparred over the database maker's request for $8.8 billion indamages as part of a copyright disputebetween the two companies, Bloomberg News reported March 30.

In a court filing, Google asked U.S. District Judge WilliamAlsup in San Francisco to ignore opinions submitted by Brigham Young UniversityProfessor James Kearl regarding the damages, while claiming that its own hiredexpert strongly disagreed with Oracle's damages assessment.

With a month long trial set to start May 9, Google said theprofessor accepted Oracle's damages theory "at face value" and usedit "as a basis for offering an extremely broad range of potential amountsof disgorgement of Google's Android-related profits." Oracle, meanwhile,asked the judge to disregard Google's request.

In May, the jurors will decide on whether Google couldreportedly access Oracle's copyrighted code without permission under the "fairuse" legal doctrine. Oracle has reportedly accused Google of not payingfor Java software it used to develop Android.