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Supreme Court, Finally, Takes Up 'Google v. Oracle'

Postby MrFredPFL » Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:13 pm

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The U.S. Supreme Court has jumped into a titanic copyright battle between Oracle Corp. and Google LLC with both barrels.

The high court granted Friday Google’s petition for certiorari—leaving the court free to address the copyrightability of software and the defense of fair use. The court’s involvement is sure to reignite a 50-year-old debate over how much, if any, software should be subject to copyright, and the contours of the fair use defense in the digital age.

“This is the copyright case of the century,” said Stanford law professor Mark Lemley, who has represented Google in copyright matters but isn’t speaking for the company in this case. “However it is decided, it has the potential to reshape not only software copyright law but copyright doctrine more generally.”

Google contends that Federal Circuit decisions in 2014 and 2018 threw “a devastating one-two punch at the software industry.” Oracle argues that the industry has in fact flourished in the wake of the rulings.

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