Google vs Oracle

by Andrew J
The Google vs Oracle trial has been a huge case with potentially extremely harmful repercussions. Oracle is accusing Google of both Copyright infringement and patent infringement. According to Oracle, Google’s Android platform is said to contain code from Java. Oracle purchased Sun Microsystems, the creator of java,  in 2010. Though Java is an open sourced platform, systems that are widely marketed still need to license the use of java. Oracle is seeking $1 Billion+ from Google for not having a java license. Google is saying that even if they did need to pay for the license, it would only be in the $100 Million range. Google is also saying that they do not heavily use Java and are themselves an open sourced platform. They do not charge  anyone for the use of Android. Just recently, the jury reached a decision that Google did infringe on a minimal amount of Java code in the development of Android.

Google is claiming that Oracle just wants a cut of the earnings due to the success of Android. What I don’t understand is Google’s strategy.  Google offers all of its services pretty much for free to the public. It makes most of its money off of advertisement from its search pages. It is shelling out Billions of dollars to produce Android, while offering it for free. In fact, manufactures who use Android don’t pay Google for it, they pay Microsoft for it because of its patent licensing. With all of these companies attacking Google for developing Android, is it even worth developing anymore? Steve Jobs was on a mission to destroy Android for stealing ideas from iOS. Microsoft makes more money than Google does from Google’s own product. Oracle wants Google to pay them $1 Billion for the use of Java. Everyone is attacking Google and yet people are flocking to get Android phones everyday. I guess the more units they sell, the more that the name “Google” will be out there. And the more relevant the name is, the more people will search off it’s search engine. That’s where Google makes all of their money.

Letzing, John. 7, May, 2012. “Mixed Decision In Oracle Vs. Google Copyright Case. Wall Street Journal.

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3 thoughts on “Google vs Oracle”

  1. Wow that’s crazy! It always makes me wonder how these companies make so much money. My business classes like TOM and others helped open my mind to questions like that but hearing about how Google distributes their product for free is mind boggling. Mind boggling but not completely surprising, Google has the mission statement of “dont be evil” or something right? Maybe thats a big part of and like you said maybe because they get all their income from advertising. Doing this also probably makes their company name stronger which has the beneficial effect of being able to have a big say/pull in the industry. Or maybe they have a master plan which will make them more money by doing this. Every company’s goal is to make as much money as possible and im sure that’s Google’s agenda too, they are just going about it in a non typical greedy kind of way maybe? Interesting article, it exercised by brain and we always need more of that.

  2. Wow that is an interesting article, I did not know that a license is needed to create a java code. If that is the case then every company that uses java should get a license, which I know a lot of companies don’t have. It’s funny to read that Google is unwilling to pay 1 billion, but is willing to pay 10%, which is $100 million dollars. Since Java is an open source platform for users around the world to use, they should either make it so that everyone needs to have a license or just have it as an open source without any license so anyone can use it without the possible of legal issues.

  3. I really enjoyed reading your article. It’s pretty funny to see how Oracle is trying their best to squeeze any kind of revenue from Google. It’s pretty ridiculous that they are actually asking for over a billion dollars when Google is willing to pay around $100 million, more than what Oracle actually deserves. Also, I actually respect the fact that Android is open source and that it allows for many developers to create custom applications and roms for the Android Platform.

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