The Supreme Court has put an end to the years-long fight between Google and Oracle over the use of Java in Android. We’ve seen both sides get the win with appellate courts taking it away, and Google’s last loss in court had the company take this to the highest court in the land; the entire saga surely cost the company more than the $5 billion fine would have when you factor in time with the money.
In the end, this was all about the Benjamins.
In the end, the lawsuit wasn’t about Google using Java without a license, though Google did try and procure a license from Sun before Java was sold to Oracle. This case was about trying to force Google to license all of Java because it used some of the APIs to make things easier for developers. That is a horrible idea, and thankfully the majority of the Supreme Court agrees. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented, and Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not participate.