Techdirt Podcast Episode 75: What Happened At The Oracle Google Trial?

from the fair-use-and-then-some dept

Over the past few weeks, a jury heard the second round of the copyright fight between Oracle and Google over whether Google’s use of the Java APIs in Android constituted copyright infringement, or whether it was fair use. In the end, the jury went with fair use. Reporter Sarah Jeong watched the entire trial from the courtroom and joins us on the Techdirt podcast this week to discuss both the legal details and the various oddities of this particular trial.

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Mason Wheeler (profile) says:

Maybe you kind of have to assemble a panel of people who write API implementations for a living to talk through what is reasonable or not, but it’s important to get clear that what Google copied was declaring code, not the API implementations.

This is the sort of domain knowledge that lawyers try to specifically remove from a jury of can-you-even-call-them-peers-anymore.

The tech industry is very biased against Oracle.

As I’ve said before, the more informed a person is on a certain topic, the more likely they are to form a pro-truth bias. Being unbiased on almost any topic is not a sign of virtue or open-mindedness; it’s a sign of ignorance.

Alsop: “I know the witness is a busy man, but the jurors have things to do in the afternoon; they’re busy people as well, and right now their time counts more than his.”

That’s applause-worthy.

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