For some reason after reading this entry I had the urge to yell, "Santorum for President!"
This is from South Carolina, You should be saying "Newt for President".
(imho God created Santorum to make Newt look acceptable.)
Or maybe not. Meanwhile, in the world of the corporate psychopath and narcissist, all these legal losses are definitely somebody else's fault. Who could have ever predicted what those mean old judges might do? The executives and lawyers feel terrible about what has happened. Further punishing them would be dreadful. Sacking them would be out of the question, they are highly skilled and important corporate officers. Indeed they might need to be given a luxury holiday at company expense plus a nice bonus, to make them feel better.
Or even worse, they could go to a competitor and start a new toy line that Matell would have to sue over.
Where does this leave Scala or Clojure and other languages that target the JVM? Are they "safe" to use?
They are safe to use until real money is involved. Unlike the [MP|RI]AA, Oracle isn't interested in suing anyone and everyone who they think are 'infringing'. They will only sue you if you are making a non-trivial amount of money or if your project causes embarrassment or inconvenience to Oracle in some way.
There are about 7 billion people on Earth who could potentially purchase the song. Let's say 1 million people buy the song. That means about 6,999,000,000 people must have pirated it. There simply is no other explanation. Multiply that by, say, 14 songs on a CD (you wouldn't want to steal from the music companies, er, I mean Artists, by not buying the whole CD would you?) allowed damages, etc, etc. etc. Multiply that by the number of albums released in a year, and you see that the damage to the music industry is in fact greater than the entire global economy! The taxes we would theoretically be paying on this would wipe out all of the debt of all of the nations of the world! (assuming we weren't above the law and didn't have to pay taxes. Did I say that out loud? Forget I said that...) Based on this, The Music and Movie industries request that the governments of the world create a global copyright enforcement agency (at taxpayer expense, of course. The media companies, I mean artists, are the victims here.) who are authorized to execute anyone who isn't sufficient enriching the coffers of the media companies or if they are accused 3 times of infringing copyright (Three Strikes and You're Dead! policy)
I bet it never occurred to these people that you can eat popcorn outside of a movie theater. I would imagine that "pirates" regularly eat popcorn while watching illegally downloaded movies, and probably do so more frequently as they don't have to pay $15 for a large popcorn tub that probably cost $0.15 to make.