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Google urges US Supreme Court to reverse ruling in Oracle copyright spat

Google LLC requested the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision favoring computer tech company Oracle Corp. in a copyright dispute.

Oracle accused the Alphabet Inc. unit of violating copyright law by using lines of code from the Java programming language to create the Android operating system. Jurors in a U.S. district court cleared Google in May 2016. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in March 2018 that the use of the software was not protected under the "fair use" provision of copyright law.

In a Supreme Court filing, Google said Oracle's claims would "upend" the longstanding practice of "reimplementation," which allows developers to create "new and better software" that "freely shares information" across multiple products.

"An Oracle win would for the first time grant copyright owners a monopoly power to stymie the creation of new implementations and applications," Kent Walker, Google's senior vice president of global affairs and chief legal officer, said in a blog post.

In response, Oracle alleged that Google stole its intellectual property in disregard of standard licensing policies, Axios reported.