The use of the Java APIs makes it easier for Android apps, computer programs, and web sites to talk to one another. Software developers hailed the fair-use ruling, sayingOracle's position would have stifled software innovation by discouraging programmers from using APIs, making development harder and possibly rendering some apps inoperable.
"SAN FRANCISCO-A federal jury here ruled that Google's use of Oracle Corp.'s Java software in the Android OS didn't violate copyright law. Google used 37 Java APIs in the OS, accounting for less than 0.1% of Android's 15 million lines of code, Google said. Oracle asked for $9 billion and will appeal."