Google Wins Case with Oracle

Google has won a case put forward by Oracle on the open source Java software. Oracle had argued that Google had infringed on the Java patents, in coming up with the application programming interfaces used in the Android-run smartphones. Oracle is the maintainer of the Java programming language and also the organizer of the open source software. It claimed almost a billion dollars from Google as restitution. However, the court found out that Google had not infringed on the two patents that Oracle claimed. The court said that the particular elements that Google has replicated were open source and thus required no licensing. Google had copied nine lines of code from Java.

The court was quick to warn that the ruling does not mean that Oracle patented products could be copied without licensing. This will be stealing the products and may lead to prosecution. Some techniques however can be copied, since techniques are not copyrightable. This did not go down well with Oracle who has vowed to appeal the decision, saying that the use of its open source Java by Google was beyond fair use. The company continues to state that it will be committed in protecting Java first as a valuable development platform and secondly as an intellectual property asset.

The whole issue revolves round the deployment of the Java APIs in the building of the popular Android. Google used the APIs to create a customized Java. This was to enable the mobile devices to run many applications on the Internet at the same time.

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Oracle Positions Itself to Be the Leader in Business Network Hardware

The Oracle company is aiming to pass the IBM as the leader in providing business network hardware. The Oracle boss said they were confident, as they had already got ahead of them in the databases and the middleware niches. Oracle has strategically placed them in a good position to provide hardware business solutions to its customers. In fact, the high end servers in one such place where Oracle have competitive advantage over IBM. They excel as much in hardware as in software because everyone works with Oracle software now a days, if you’re one of the ones who is working with Oracle, be sure to check out the odtug kscope 2017 conference this summer, to keep yourself informed on the latest updates.

The high end offering that Oracle has at the moment cannot be matched by their rivals in the market. The Exadata and the Exalogic are on top of the game right now. The rival to these products the IBMs pseries systems is still commanding a good market share, but indications are pointing that they may be surpassed in the coming months. This information is according to Oracle’s boss.

In figures released recently, Oracle was placed fourth in the server market share behind the market leader Hewlett Packard, the second placed company is IBM and Dell coming in the third position. These figures are however disputed by Ellison, the Oracle boss who says that tracking market share by revenue was misleading, due to the tactics that his company employs. He says that they are lowering the sales of entry level systems and focusing on the high end market which has wider profit margins.

Oracle has not only be working on the hardware, but are also been actively driving software sales. They will now be offering all their software online. This will surely give it an edge over their software rivals, the Germany based SAP Company.

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British Telecom sues Google over Android

If think Google has been subjected to too much patent entanglements already (remember Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and eBay lawsuits?) due to their Android platform, think again.

The search giant now faces another slew of patent infringement cases from one of UK’S biggest telecommunications company, British Telecom.

If there’s any difference in this patent case filed against Google from the others however, is that BT isn’t settling for just the Android infringement case. They are also filing cases against infringement in Google’s other products like Maps, Search, Music, Books, Offers, and their latest, the Google+ social network.

BT is claiming billions of dollars for “willful and deliberate infringement” for their six key patents which were allegedly infringed by Google and its products.

Florian Müller, an independent expert on international patient litigation says that the Android has already faced “more than enough” intellectual problems already. “Now Google faces one more large organisation that believes its rights are infringed. BT probably wants to continue to be able to do business with all mobile device makers and therefore decided to sue Google itself,” he adds.

Oracle files $2M lawsuit against Qtrax

Always pay your bills! Geez, when will people ever learn that?

Giant enterprise software company Oracle, has filed a $2 million lawsuit against Qtrax for copyright infringement and breach of contract last week in Northern California.

Qtrax, a legal peer-to-peer music service, also made headlines in January 2008 when four major labels denied the company’s claim that it had licensing agreements with them. It was eventually smoothed out and they did get the deals eventually. However, a source close to the company reveals that Qtrax has “apparently run into some trouble in the past several months”, CNet reports.

Oracle’s complaint, which was filed with U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, says that the problem started when Qtrax paid Oracle a bounced check worth $1.8 million. That only could cause something of the class action lawsuit Xarelto type, with all known consequences. It was the payment for the database software that the latter provided.

Oracle claims that several attempts were made to collect money from Qtrax but all was to no avail. “Qtrax’s failure to pay the outstanding invoices constitutes a material breach of the software license,” Oracle’s attorney wrote.

Allan Klepfisz, Qtrax’s CEO, admits that they have been “at times short of money” but has recently acquired new funding.

“We’re not in trouble, thankfully,” Klepfisz said. “I feel both Oracle and ourselves will get beyond this. You should also know we have not used any of the licenses under this contract (with Oracle).” This is in contrast with what Oracle claims in their complaint where they stated that Qtrax continued to use their software.

It seems that ad-supported music sites like Qtrax are on the rocks when it terms of generating revenue. SpiralFrog and Ruckus, two other sites similar in nature with Qtrax, were forced to shut down this year.


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