By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 4-5-21

In a big victory for Google and fair use fans, the Supreme Court has ruled that Google’s copying of Oracle’s Java computer code (11,500 lines to be exact) for its API, part of its creation of a new Android software platform for mobile devices, was fair use.

It is the latest, and apparently final, twist in a years-long legal battle.

The Supreme Court back in November agreed to hear the appeal of two decisions that Google’s copying of a portion of the Java application API to Android, so programmers could more easily write apps for Android phones, was a violation of copyright.  The decisions means others can now create interoperable systems without fear of violating copyright.  » Read More