Responding publicly to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's claims that Google
"took [Oracle's] stuff," Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, has
posted a response on his Google+ page saying that the allegation was
simply untrue and that a US District Court had also affirmed the same
through its judgement.
Schmidt clarifies that the court had ruled that
copyright did not extend to "structure, sequence and organisation" of
He said in the post:
try to avoid getting dragged into public battles with other companies.
But I've gotten a lot of questions about Larry Ellison's claims that
Google "took [Oracle's] stuff". It's simply untrue -- and that's not
just my opinion, but the judgment of a U.S. District Court.
Here are the facts. In 2012, after Oracle sued Google for patent and
copyright infringement in a case involving Java and Android, a jury
found that we had not infringed Oracle's patents. And the Court ruled
that copyright could not be used to block others from using the
"structure, sequence and organisation" of APIs, the language that allows
different computer programs and systems to talk to each other. The
ruling protects a principle vital to innovation: you cannot copyright an
idea, like a method of operation. For example, no one can copyright
the idea of adding two numbers together.
This case goes to the
heart of the current and much-needed debate about patent reform. Patents
were designed to encourage invention, not stop the development of new
ideas and technologies.
And getting that right is what really
matters. I know all of the above because I was heavily involved at Sun
with Java and I had the privilege, thanks to Oracle, of testifying in
Just a few days back, Ellison had said that Google
CEO Larry Page acted "absolutely evil"
and accused the Internet company of using Oracle's products without