The Smartest Guy in the Courtroom


Posted on 2nd June 2012 by Novista in Technology

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For several weeks, U.S. District Judge William Alsup showed that he was the smartest person in the courtroom as high-priced lawyers for Google and Oracle pleaded their cases. On Thursday afternoon, he basically slammed the door in Oracle’s face, explaining in a 41-page ruling that the 37 Java APIs used in Google’s Android platform do not fall under U.S. copyright laws. The ruling on APIs followed a jury verdict on May 23 that absolved Google of violating two Oracle patents.

Alsup told Boies [Oracle's star lawyer], “I have done, and still do, a significant amount of programming in other languages. I’ve written blocks of code like rangeCheck a hundred times before. I could do it, you could do it. The idea that someone would copy that when they could do it themselves just as fast, it was an accident. There’s no way you could say that was speeding them along to the marketplace. You’re one of the best lawyers in America –how could you even make that kind of argument?”

Wotta guy!

  1. Colma Rising says:

    Novista: A judge who has written code?

    This case, between the giants of the industry in the court of my region, has been the talk of many.

    As always, the media is dumber than shit when reporting any case and a little research is in order. Happy hunting.

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    2nd June 2012 at 12:53 pm

  2. Novista says:


    Then there was this:

    Still hunting, though. Maybe I should peruse some hacker/cracker sites to see if the judge has been surfing in such venues. Heh.

    Of course, the key to this IP issue is exactly the wording that Sun used in releasing Java in general to open source. (Btw, Audacity sound editor is some mean shit, you might want to check it out.)

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    2nd June 2012 at 7:49 am

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