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No judge has tried harder than Judge Alsup, presiding over the Oracle-versus-Google case, to persuade two warring parties not to go to court. But he hadn't counted for the egos of the two billionaire Larrys.

The jury seems to affirm Alsup's instincts were correct. At the weekend, after five days of deliberating, the panel turned in its verdict on the first phase of the trial, covering copyright issues. The jury found Google to be unequivocally guilty of copyright infringement on the major charge, copying the "overall structure, sequence and organization" of Java for its mobile operating system Android. Google isn't guilty of infringing the Java documentation, the jury decided.

However, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on whether Google's use of the code was permitted under "fair use" - a US legal concept covering exemptions for special purposes such as literary criticism, accessibility for blind users, and so on.

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When they do these things, do they get people who actually understand coding and OS's to be on the jury? Given how poorly semi-intelligent politicians understand the internet and computers, I'd hate to think that a $1bn lawsuit would hinge on the verdict of people who don't even know what Java is.
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wow this sucks.... I love google
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When they do these things, do they get people who actually understand coding and OS's to be on the jury? Given how poorly semi-intelligent politicians understand the internet and computers, I'd hate to think that a $1bn lawsuit would hinge on the verdict of people who don't even know what Java is.

Exactly what I was thinking...

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i'd like to see the jury roster for this case. theres no way a group of average joe's have the knowledge to make any type of decision on this case, even with the fact provided to them. Basically these 12 people without a single shred of doubt believed that google essentially copied Java and made android. I call BS. APPEAL!biggrin.gif
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I'd like to see Gogle lose but not at the expense of:

"The core issue is whether the APIs are copyrightable, and that's for the court to decide,"

Copywriting API's is just bad MoJo.
 
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Move to C#?
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Move to C#?

I seriously hope you are joking. If anything, Python would fit the bill as it is cross-platform.
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I seriously hope you are joking. If anything, Python would fit the bill as it is cross-platform.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/04/Xamarin-XobotOS-ports-Android-to-C-Sharp/
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I seriously hope you are joking. If anything, Python would fit the bill as it is cross-platform.

All programming languages are cross-platform. There's nothing inherently platform-specific about a language, only its compiler and the executable's runtime environment.
    
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