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Oracle Accuses Google Android of Copying Java Code

Oracle amended the skeletal patent and copyright infringement suit it filed against Google and Android

Oracle amended the skeletal patent and copyright infringement suit it filed against Google and Android in August and this time through it charges Google with directly copying parts of its copyrighted Java code.

The amended complaint says:

"Android includes infringing class libraries and documentation. Approximately one third of Android's Application Programmer Interface (API) packages (available at http://developer.android.com/reference/packages.html) are derivative of Oracle America's copyrighted Java API packages (available at http://download-llnw.oracle.com/javase/1.5.0/docs/api/ and http://download-llnw.oracle.com/javase/1.4.2/docs/api/) and corresponding documents. The infringing elements of Oracle America's copyrighted work include Java method and class names, definitions, organization and parameters; the structure, organization and content of Java class libraries; and the content and organization of Java documentation. Examples of this copying are illustrated in Exhibit I to this complaint. In at least several instances, Android computer program code also was directly copied from copyrighted Oracle America code. For example, as may be readily seen in Exhibit J, the source code in Android's "PolicyNodeImpl.java" class is nearly identical to "PolicyNodeImpl.java" in Oracle America's Java, not just in name, but in source code on a line-for-line basis."

Oracle America, in case you haven't figured it out, is Sun.

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