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Oracle-Google copyright battle goes to court again today

A huge $8.8bn damages claim, and the way Android developers operate, are at stake as Google claims ‘fair usage’

Oracle’s legal battle with Google has never achieved the high drama of the Apple-Samsung saga, but it has far more important implications for the mobile industry as a whole. It is due to go before a jury trial for the second time, starting this week, and with the stakes even higher than before.

Oracle is demanding far higher damages than last time – $8.8bn, one of the biggest sums ever proposed in a trial of this kind – if Google is found to have infringed Java copyright when it designed Android. Google used its own Java Virtual Machine in Android, ra

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