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Google’s use of the JavaScript platform to programme their Android operating system was challenged by its creators Oracle, who wants to sue the company for not paying a licensing fee. Surprisingly, the Obama administration sides with Oracle.

The US high court was advised by the Obama administration to deny Google’s request not to hear the case of Oracle who declares copyright protection of the Java platform in developing Android.

This decision came as a shocker given that Oracle and the Obama Administration were involved in hefty lawsuits regarding the Obamacare website.

The JavaScript platform has been utilised for a plethora of mobile applications without a set license fee provided by developers. This landmark case could irreparably damage the software development industry, especially when it comes to mobile development.

Google believes that the decision would obstruct innovation as it will disallow developers to build on each other’s work.

Oracle is pleased with the Obama administration’s opinion as they believe it “affirms the importance of copyright protection as an incentive for software innovation,” as reported by Reuters.

Oracle’s stance on Java could be seen as a slap to the face by software developers and web coders who use a wide selection of free languages to bring creative and functional concepts to life. The backlash could ultimately be a boycott of the language making it irrelevant.

From a web coder’s perspective this stance could negate the principles of Web 2.0, which encourages the open collaboration of information.


The High Court will provide a decision as to whether they will hear the case by the end of June 2015.

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