Larry Ellison

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On Monday, the US Supreme Court overturned a lower court, ending a decade-long legal battle by handing Google a landmark victory in its copyright fight with Oracle — and much of Silicon Valley breathed a sigh of relief. 

“Thank you to the Supreme Court for saving all modern computing from an onslaught of copyright trolls,” former Facebook security chief and current Stanford professor Alex Stamos said on Twitter.

Indeed, judging by the reactions, there’s a prevailing sense that Google’s win means the tech industry has dodged a bullet. Over the years that this case has dragged out, experts and insiders have held that a win for Oracle would have completely shaken up the tech industry, and not for the better.

“A ruling in Oracle’s favor would have opened the door for copyright trolls much like we’ve seen happen in the realm of software patents,” David Mooter, a senior analyst at Forrester, told Insider. “That would have given more power to big tech companies to sue their competition out of business.”

As always, the devil is in the details, but the basics of the case: In 2010, Oracle bought a now-defunct company called Sun Microsystems, including the rights to Java, …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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