Why Oracle Believes Google Stole Java for Android Development

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-04-18
 
 
 

Why Are We Here?

Oracle's opening slide asks: Why are we here? It cites an email from Google's Tim Lindholm acknowledging Google's need to get a license for Java&151;something Google never did.

Why Are We Here?

The Crown Jewel

When Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010, Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of product development, called Java the "crown jewel" of the acquisition.

The Crown Jewel

Google Needed What Java Could Deliver

Google needed to get to market in a hurry with Android, and Java provided just what the doctor ordered.

Google Needed What Java Could Deliver

Why Are We Here? - Page 4

Java Is the Right FitGoogle looked at other options and decided that Java met its requirements for Android.

Why Are We Here? - Page 4

The Build Decision

After assessing options that included Microsoft's Common Language Runtime (CLR) and C#, Google decided to build on Java.

The Build Decision

Suns Ownership

At the time of Google's decision to build on Java, Sun Microsystems owned the technology along with key copyrights and patents.

Suns Ownership

Google Realizes Its Position Vis-à-Vis Licensing Java

As this paper trail indicates, Google acknowledges it needs to license Java.

Google Realizes Its Position Vis-à-Vis Licensing Java

Do It Anyway ...

According to this email, Google weighs the option of using Java without a license.

Do It Anyway ...

Its On!

According to this email, Google appears poised to go its own way and gird for battle if necessary.

Its On!

Key Hires

Google beefed up its ranks with key former Sun employees who were familiar with Java in one form or another.

Key Hires

The Open-Source Shield?

According to this email, Google employees realized that though Java was open source, the licensing was such that they would still have to pay royalties.

The Open-Source Shield?

A Cover-Up?

This email suggests that Google did not want to talk openly about its use of Java.

A Cover-Up?

What Oracle Claims Google Took

Oracle says Google copied Java APIs and code.

What Oracle Claims Google Took

Googles Words

Oracle says Google's own words hurt it in this case.

Googles Words

But Can They Prove It?

Oracle says it will prove that Google willfully copied Oracle's IP and has benefitted immensely from it.

But Can They Prove It?

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