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Neil Young and Stephen ColbertEarlier this week, crotchety old rock legend Neil Young turned heads when he said that he was totally OK with the idea of Donald Trump using his music at campaign rallies. That’s pretty weird! And you’d think it would be the sort of thing that Stephen Colbert would bring up when he had Young … More »

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Google Avoids $9 Billion Oracle Lawsuit With ‘Fair Use’ Excuse

Google Avoids $9 Billion Oracle Lawsuit With Fair Use Claim

Is Google using ‘fair use’ as an excuse?

Yesterday, a jury in a California District Federal court threw out Oracle’s claim that Google abused the use of their copyright of their code. The judge declared that the search giant’s use of the code in Android was fair use, which completely freed the tech giant of any liability whatsoever.

Oracle originally filed a lawsuit against Google way back in 2010 claiming that they integrated key elements from their application and incorporated these features into Android. The battle has been going on ever since, and Oracle was seeking just short of $9 billion for the use of their code.

In 2014, a federal appeals court determined that Oracle may have a viable copyright claim on the API code. But, the courts have sided with search engine giant after their convincing excuse of ‘fair use’, ultimately allowing use of the code without invalidating Oracle’s copyright. 

Although this is an obvious win for the tech giant, the ruling has been heavily criticised for creating a ‘chilling effect’ for developers.

In a statement, Robert Van Nest Google’s lead lawyer said, ”we’re grateful for the jury’s verdict.”

A Google spokesperson added…

“Today’s verdict that Android makes fair use of Java APIs represents a win for the Android ecosystem, for the Java programming community, and for software developers who rely on open and free programming languages to build innovative consumer products.”

Though comments from Oracle were very much opposing, as Dorian Daley, Oracle’s general counsel said….

”We strongly believe that Google developed Android by illegally copying core Java technology to rush into the mobile device market. Oracle brought this lawsuit to put a stop to Google’s illegal behavior. We believe there are numerous grounds for appeal and we plan to bring this case back to the Federal Circuit on appeal.”

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New ‘Independence Day,’ Ice Age,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ Pics Join Croatia’s Pula Film Festival Lineup

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Jeff Daniels, Scoot McNairy In Talks To Board Scott Frank’s ‘Godless’

EXCLUSIVEJeff Daniels and Scott McNairy are in talks to board Scott Frank’s Godless for Netflix, joining the previously announced Jack O’Connell. The project is a limited period drama series from the Out of Sight duo of Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank.
Written, directed and executive produced by Frank, Godless is a Western set in an 1800s New Mexico mining town. The project, which is currently casting, is set to film in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Soderbergh and Frank are…