Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has lost the appeal against its move to stop Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) lawsuit on the infringement issue. Though, the Supreme Court asked the views of the Obama administration to admit the case, it has rejected the appeal of Google and left it to the district court to decide the final outcome.
Oracle has sued stating that Google is infringing its products and services and distributing voluntarily without obtaining its consent. It has alleged that Google has violated the copyright protection and used its Java APIs without seeking a license. The company is seeking over $1 billion as compensation for the use of Java APIs in the Android OS.
The company has argued that either Google has completely developed the API on its own or obtained a license through paying loyalty. Therefore, Google failed to honor the copyright issues and freely copied the Java APIs for the development of Android OS.
On the contrary, Google in its lost appeal has requested the Supreme Court to allow fair usage of the copyrighted software and sought appropriate directives to the software developers. It has asked that the Oracle and other software developers should be restrained from making claims for using the simple computer commands.
The Java APIs are also used in developing Apps. It eliminates the need for platform dependent code. The software developed using the Java is highly scalable.
Oracle has acquired Sun Microsystems for $5.6 billion in early 2010. It has got all rights over the Java APIs.
The Supreme Court has left the case back to the lower court favoring Oracle. It has left the software giants in the U.S. to fight over the infringement issues in the Federal Court, San Francisco.
Now, all eyes are on the decision of the Federal Court. It will give a ruling on whether one could use the software commands without paying the royalty or how much one has to pay for using the patented software. Any adverse ruling will push the software industry back to the proprietary mode.
According to Aaron Stein, a spokesman for Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), the company will strive to support interoperability through fostering innovation.