After the Supreme Court spent months chipping away at patent protection for software, Google Inc., and other tech firms now want limits to be set on how program makers can utilize copyrights to add exclusive rights over software.
Google’s request offers the court a chance to think of the extent on which innovation of software can be replicated without the knowledge of the original developer.
Oracle purchased Java when it bought out Sun Microsystems in 2010 and filed a suit against Google on the very same year, claiming that the search giant’s Android software for handheld devices infringed copyrights on the Java platform.
The legal war divided the both firms. Google and Oracle claim that their position would lead to a major blow of tech innovation. A judge prevented Oracle from pursuing specific copyright claims against the search giant, but the court of appeals in the previous year overturned such ruling and ended up siding with Oracle.
Google’s request of limiting copyrights would alter a legal shield that are essential to software industry growth.