Google Didn’t Infringe on Copyright

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Google's European headquarters are pictured in Dublin, Ireland, on November 19, 2010. The Irish government is determined that any financial deal with International financial experts will not require compromise on Ireland's long-cherished 12.5-percent rate of corporation tax. The tax has helped to encourage companies to re-locate to the republic, but EU heavyweights such as Germany claim the tax gives Ireland an unfair advantage and are expected to demand the rate be raised as part of any deal.

Google won’t be coughing up $1 billion in damages any time soon. A California jury decided that Google’s Android device didn’t infringe on Oracle Corp.’s copyright patents after all, having previously said the company did. The jury announced the verdict Wednesday for the legal battle between Google and Oracle, which sued the search giant for allegedly infringing on its Java code in building the Android phone software. Though the same jury found earlier that Google did infringe on some Java code, they couldn’t unanimously agree on whether the company’s use of that material was unlawful. Google had argued that Java is an “open-source” software that is available to the public.