A jury has ruled that Google’s use of Oracle’s Java software in the creation of Android constitutes fair use and is therefore not a copyright violation.
Oracle filed the lawsuit against Google in 2012 at which time a jury handed down a partial verdict.
Free speech and copyright experts have been up in arms about the case. At the heart of the case was whether the Silicon Valley practice of open-source technology created by other corporations constitutes a copyright violation.
In a statement sent to Recode, Google said that today’s verdict “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.”
Oracle’s attorneys plan to appeal the verdict.
Wall Street analysts had expected Google to lose, a move that would have affected the company’s bottom line.