Oracle Says Google Is ‘Destroying’ It

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Oracle added new claims Wednesday to its 5-year-old lawsuit against Google, claiming the Android operating system’s market dominance is “destroying” Oracle’s revenue potential in mobile devices.
Google did not object to Oracle’s request to amend the lawsuit.
Oracle claims Android has evolved and expanded since it sued Google in 2010. Since then, Google has introduced Android Wear, Android TV, Android Auto, Google Play and other offerings “to make Android a truly ubiquitous platform,” Oracle claims.
In its original complaint in August 2010, Oracle claimed the Android operating system for smart phones violated copyrighted source code.
Android now controls more than 80 percent of the mobile device market, according to Oracle’s amended complaint.
Oracle says that because new versions of Android are incompatible with its Java platform, Google has “irreversibly destroyed Java’s fundamental value proposition as a potential mobile device operating system.”
Google has released six new versions of Android in the past five years, which continue to build on source code taken from Oracle, the company says.
“As with previous versions of Android, these six Android releases copy thousands of lines of source code from the Java platform,” according to the supplemental complaint.
Android has more than 1 billion users per month and more than 8,000 devices use versions of Android, Oracle claims. It says Google more than doubled its revenue from 2010 to 2014, from $29 billion to $66 billion, with most of the profits coming from advertising and Android’s growing market share.
“The Android platform plays a key role in generating Google’s mobile advertising revenue,” it says.
Oracle seeks declaratory judgment, an injunction, damages and costs of suit.
In May 2012, a jury in San Francisco decided Google infringed Oracle’s copyrights, but the 10-person panel deadlocked over whether the Java programming interfaces in question were considered “fair use.”
U.S. District Judge William Alsup later found Oracle’s Java programming interfaces ineligible for copyrighting. The Ninth Circuit reversed in May 2014.
Google appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which rejected the case in June this year.

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