Oracle is trying to screw billions out of Google for using Java applets in the construction of Andriod. Google said it believed that the intellectual property was free for anyone to use.
Larry Page, chief executive of Google’s parent company, told jurors the Google unit said it should be able to use Java without paying a fee under the fair-use provision of copyright law. If he loses then the software industry will grind to a halt as trolls feed on anyone who used a line of cost which was similar.
Page, whose vocal cords have been affected by a previous medical condition, spoke quietly into the microphone. “Sorry I’m a little bit soft,” he said to jurors.
Oracle attorney Peter Bicks sharply questioned Page about the importance of Android to Google’s business, pointing to documents noting billions of dollars in revenue, as well as earnings transcripts in which Page said 700,000 Android phones were “lit up” every day. Things got a little testy when Page with his sore throat was asked to repeat stuff he had already said.
“Yes, I already testified I think Android is significant to Google,” said Page, who testified for about a half hour.
Bicks asked Page if Google paid Oracle for the use of Java, which was developed by Sun Micro systems in the early 1990s and acquired by Oracle in 2010. He said when Sun established Java it was open source. Bicks asked the same question again and Page snarled that Google did not pay for the free and open things.
Under questioning from Google attorney Robert Van Nest, Page said Google’s use of Java was consistent with widespread industry practice.
“I think we acted very responsibly and carefully around the intellectual property issues,” Page said.