Google and Oracle fighting over the fundamental question of copyrights on API's
Oracle tries to get billions from Google for using API's from java in its code (millions of lines of code) and the judges have been going back and forth on this issue and the case has been sent to another court now
but Google has decided to cut the long story short and has asked the Supreme Court of the US to consider to consider the case.
"Many of the deliberations in the case have since focussed on whether it is possible to copyright an API, a matter of no small interest in these API-happy times.
The last judicial word on the matter came in May this year, when the Court of Appeals decided APIs can indeed be copyrighted, before handing the matter back to a lower court for another round of argument about fair use.
Google's now gone all the way to the Supreme and according to Reuters, which has seen its filing, is now arguing that “Early computer companies could have blocked vast amounts of technological development by claiming 95-year copyright monopolies over the basic building blocks of computer design and programming.” The Chocolate Factory seems to be suggesting that Oracle is unfairly crimping innovation with its actions regarding Java in Android.
the ramifications if Oracle wins are enormous and could turn the whole webservices infrastructure and everything that uses java somewhere (billions of instances) into moneymachines for Oracle