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Six-Hour Meeting Friday Fails to End Oracle/Google Lawsuit

An anonymous reader writes: Google and Oracle executives met for six hours Friday in an unsuccessful attempt to resolve an ongoing copyright lawsuit. “Because an agreement couldn’t be made, the next phase of the case will head to court in May, where a jury will decide if Google had the right to use certain parts of Oracle’s programming language, Java, for free or if it owes Oracle damages…” reports Business Insider. “Last month, Google said that its damages expert strongly disagreed that it should owe Oracle upward of $8 billion for using certain parts of Oracle’s software in its smartphone operating system, Android.”
Friday’s court-ordered talk included both Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Oracle CEO Safra Catz, and it marks the second time the two companies have failed to reach an out-of-court settlement, a fact alluded to by the case’s judge in newly-released documents. “After an earlier run at settling this case failed, the court observed that some cases just need to be tried,” reports the court docket. “This case apparently needs to be tried twice.”


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