(Tea Party 247) – An alarming trend that seems to have swept through Silicon Valley tech companies is how they have gone from creating innovative products that help improve our lives at work and at home over to being political entities that have crossed the line and actually started violating the rights of ordinary American citizens.
No company is more guilty of this sort of behavior than Google. Google, the world’s largest search engine, has been supressing information done in searches, preventing conservative news sources from hitting the top of the search results, thus preventing that particular view of issues and news of the day from being discovered by folks looking for fair and balanced coverage from both sides of the political spectrum.
Well, now President Trump is joining forces with tech company Oracle in a decade-long lawsuit to hold Google responsible for allegedly stealing the company’s software code.
Here are more details from BizPacReview:
Google’s arguments against claims that it stole thousands of lines of code from Oracle are “unpersuasive,” the solicitor general’s office noted in the memo. If Google loses, then it could create massive implications across Silicon Valley, the company and its supporters argue.
The big tech company’s “verbatim copying of (Oracle’s) original computer code into a competing commercial product was not fair use,” the brief noted.
This is not the first time that the Solicitor General’s office has weighed in on this issue.
“[Google] copied 11,500 lines of computer code verbatim, as well as the complex structure and organization inherent in that code, in order to help its competing commercial product,” the Trump administration noted in a September 2019 brief.
The September brief went on to state, “The record demonstrates, moreover, that [Google’s] unauthorized copying harmed the market for [Oracle’s] Java platform.”
President Trump’s decision to move on this comes just a day after conservative group focused on holding tech companies accountable for their alleged political bias took similar action.
The group, the Internet Accountability Project, filed a brief of their own at the Supreme Court in support of Oracle.
The case — Google v. Oracle — could be one of the most important fights Google has ever encountered in its 23 years of existence. Nearly 26 amicus briefs have been filed supporting the Silicon Valley giant, including from tech giants Microsoft, IBM and Mozilla, among others.
At issue is Oracle’s claim that Google illegally swiped 11,500 lines of code from the company in 2010 to develop the Android operating system, which has become a crucial cog in the company’s business model over the past decade.
Oracle said Google copied its hierarchical system for organizing Java methods, which is effectively a filing cabinet stuffed with lines of codes and operations that help software programs communicate with each other. Using such systems means Android programmers can employ methods for which they are already familiar without learning thousands of new code lines.
Google has been involved in a lot of shady business practices lately, especially with their attempt to silence folks who don’t seem to agree with the politics of individuals within the upper echelon of the company, thus, it wouldn’t be surprising at all to find out that they have stolen code from an innovative company like Oracle.
Google and one of the lower courts argue that such structure of libraries of codes are not protected by copyright law. The company cites the Copyright Act, which notes that protection is unavailable for systems or processes or organizing method structures. Oracle must create a patent rather than a copyright for such protections, according to Google’s argument.
Oracle believes that it should receive around $9 billion in damages as a result of the alleged theft that Google is being accused of.
In the first case involving this topic back in 2012, Google smacked Oracle down. A judge opted to side with Google after the jury in the case gridlocked over Oracle’s claims. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit backtracked on that and demanded a new trial in 2014.
This sort of back and forth has gone on for awhile now. If the evidence is in support of Oracle, then Google needs to be held accountable for their actions and pay for the damages that have been done to Oracle as a result of the loss of revenue they experienced.
Google has a sordid history and has earned a reputation for being underhanded, so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility they would participate in this kind of action to help further their own company. Here’s to hoping justice is served.