Oracle sues Google: What most are not considering
August 14, 2010 10 Comments
I have seen the doom and gloom pack write about Oracle’s lawsuit against Google; they all seem to think Oracle is trying to prevent Google from using Java.
Oracle filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in San Jose, California, charging that Android breaches Java’s open source license. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, and demands a federal judge immediately block distribution of Android, the No. 3 mobile operating platform.
Read that one carefully… Android breaches Java’s open source license. Think about that. Don’t rush.
Many questions about the prospects of the suit remain unanswered, and the long-term impact of the suit is very much up in the air. Nevertheless, the suit drew a fearful response from the open source community on Friday.
Why is this the assumption? I am not saying that I know what Boies, Schiller, and Flexner LLP are thinking, but is it possible that Oracle is actually upholding FOSS principals and will argue that the proprietary code Google put in the phone must be open source? I have no reason to believe Oracle is, but I have not seen Oracle act the way Apple and Microsoft have in protecting patents. Oracle is certainly no Sun, but lets give this a little more than a day before walking the streets in folded wooden signs proclaiming that the world is ending.