Oracle is demanding a whopping $3.9 billion in damages in a lawsuit against Google over software copyrights, IDG News Service reports. According to Oracle, Google did not pay for the use of Java, which has been developed by Oracle’s Sun Microsystems.
Oracle filed the copyright infringement suit against Google for using Java APIs in Android and the companies went to trial in 2012. The jury, back then however was split and could not decide whether Google’s use of Java was protected under fair use. The companies will fight the case out in a new trial, which will begin on May 9.
The damages claimed by Oracle include $475 million for actual damages and $8.83 billion profits that Google made from the use of Android. Google, however said that the jury had found Google infringing on only 37 APIs, which make up for a very small fraction of the company’s Android codebase. In fact, Google estimates the damages to be no more than $100 million.
The companies will first meet before for a pre-trial on April 27.
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