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Oracle Cites Further Google Emails In Trial

The Oracle-Google trial over Android rumbles on, and Oracle has been producing more evidence drawn from Google emails to build its case.

Google has been taken to task by Oracle for allegedly ignoring its Java intellectual property rights when it came to the development of Android, with the suit having $1 billion hanging in the balance.

Oracle began the trial citing emails from Andy Rubin to Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, from 2005 and 2007 respectively. These showed that earlier on, Google had acknowledged that it should pay Sun (later acquired by Oracle) for a Java licence. That stance was apparently reversed in the 2007 email, with Rubin noting that "I'm done with Sun (tail between my legs, you were right). They won't be happy when we release our stuff."

This week, Oracle's lead counsel, David Boies, is continuing to pursue that line - arguing that the email evidence makes it quite clear that Google knew it needed to obtain a licence from Oracle in order to use Java and its APIs in the Android OS.

Boies showed the court another email, where Rubin had stated that the Java.lang API was covered by a copyright. Boies than asked Rubin: "You meant copyrighted by Sun, right?"

"I didn't say that," Rubin replied.

"But you meant Sun, yes?" Boies persisted.

"Yes, in the context of this I think that I meant the APIs were copyrighted," Rubin repeated.

"By Sun?" Boies further asked, and Rubin eventually replied: "Yes."

Blood and stone spring to mind. Rubin will be further questioned today, and Eric Schmidt is also expected to come in for a grilling from Boies.

Source: Techweek Europe