Google vs. Oracle Decision May Be Bad News for the Internet

Episode 1081 (03:50)

On Friday, a federal court overturned the Google vs. Oracle decision about Google's use of the Java API in Android. The Android operating system is based on Linux and something called Java, a programming language written almost 20 years ago by Sun. Oracle acquired Sun in 2010, and now is the owner of the Java programming language as well. Java has nice advantages -- it's a clean language and can run on a variety of platforms. This means Android could run on a variety of different hardware.

Google actually uses its own version of Java, and the only thing they copied were the names used to command things of the program. These names are what Oracle has sued Google over, and this could have serious implications for software developers and the internet.

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