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Federal Circuit Reinstates Oracle’s Copyright Infringement Claims Against Google, Rejecting Fair Use Defense

On March 27, 2018, in Oracle America, Inc. v. Google LLC, the Federal Circuit overturned a jury verdict in favor of Google from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. In doing so, the court revived Oracle’s claim that Google’s use of Oracle’s open-source Java language code did not constitute “fair use.”

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On March 27, 2018, in Oracle America, Inc. v. Google LLC, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 7794, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a jury verdict in favor of Google from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (case number 3:10-cv-03561). In doing so, the court revived Oracle’s claim that Google’s use of Oracle’s open-source Java language code did not constitute “fair use.”

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