Google has suffered a potentially damaging blow in its ongoing legal fistfight against the enterprise software maker Oracle. The court hearing the search giant's appeal to exclude a controversial email sent by one of its engineers on August 2010, from the lawsuit filed by Oracle, has been dismissed.
In the email, Tim Lindholm - the Google engineer in question, wrote to two Google leaders including Larry Page himself, suggesting that the company should negotiate for acquiring a license for the use of Java in Android. Lindholm's suggestion was however, not taken on a serious note by Larry Page and other Google executives.
But, as events would unfurl themselves later, Oracle, who happened to acquire Java around a couple of years back, eventually dragged Google to the court, accusing it of infringing on some key Java patents in the search giant's Android OS platform.
"What we've actually been asked to do by Larry and Sergey is to investigate what technical alternatives exist to Java for Android and Chrome," Lindholm wrote in his email.
"We've been over a bunch of these, and think they all suck. We conclude that we need to negotiate a license for Java under the terms we need", the email read further reports ComputerWorld.