The US Supreme Court on April 5 ruled that Google did not act improperly when it copied thousands of lines of code from Oracle's Java SE platform into its Android OS's code. The opinion has significant implications for copyright and fair use, so it's worth exploring in detail. Here's a breakdown of the ruling. The copied code was fair use: Even though 11,500 lines of code were copied into Android code (which no longer exist in the OS's code), the court held that the way Google used the code grants it "fair use" protections, meaning it was legal and appropriate. Negative consequences of copyright: The court worked on the assumption that Oracle's code was copyrightable, but said that "Congress and the courts have limited the scope of copyright protection to ensure that a copyright holder’s monopoly does not harm the…
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