“Can somebody use another company’s property just because it suits them?”
That’s the question posed by Oracle lawyer Mike Jacobs during the closing arguments in the “copyright phase” of the ongoing court battle between Oracle and Google over the use of the Java programming language on the Android mobile operating system. Oracle is trying to show that Google violated Oracle’s copyrights when it built a new version of the Java platform atop Android, and on Monday, Jacobs sought to drive home Oracle’s case by tossing this rhetorical question at a California jury.
But with his closing argument, Google counsel Robert Van Nest insisted that the search giant was well within its rights in building its own version of Java, claiming “fair use” of Oracle’s copyrights. “Everything in Android is original,” Van Nest said.