Google Didn’t Infringe on Copyright

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.