Google Points Out That Oracle Asked Sun To Open Source The Java Tech It's Now Suing Google Over

from the ah,-history dept

NSILMike points out that Google has now responded to the lawsuit Oracle filed against it over Java-related patents that Oracle got when it took over Sun. The response covers all the usual stuff that you find in every response to a patent lawsuit (i.e., "we didn't infringe on any of these patents, and even if we did, the patents are invalid"). However, it also includes some background on Java, and the fact that Sun had promised to open source the whole thing, but kept some of it back (the part that's now in question). But what makes it a bit more complicated is that it has Oracle on record urging Sun to finish the job and more fully open source Java. While I don't think that actually matters from a legal perspective, you could see it potentially influencing the overall case.
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Filed Under: history, java, patents
Companies: google, oracle, sun


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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Oct 2010 @ 10:02am

    Does Oracle have to finish what Sun Started?

    While Oracle may have changed its position (as Google claims), haven't its responsibilities (e.g. to the JCP and licensees) changed legally? Wasn't Sun already engaged in this issue?

    Does Oracle have responsibilities to other members of the JCP.org and to licensees to maintain the terms of the license? When Google forked the code base, they not only harmed Oracle, they impacted every other licensee.

    I'm interested to hear Mike's perspective on what responsibilities Oracle might have to other licensees? Nothing? Everything?

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