The jury in the Oracle-Google copyright infringement case has apparently reached a partial verdict, but they’re deadlocked on one question and the judge in the case asked them to come back Monday.According to a Google spokesperson, the jury can’t decide the answer to one of the first three questions on the jury form. (PDF here, via Wired.)
Those questions are:
- “Has Oracle proven that Google has infringed the overall structure, sequence and organisation of copyrighted works?” (The “copyrighted works” are 37 Java APIs that Google used in Android.)
- “As to the documentation for the 37 Java API packages in question taken as a group, has Oracle proven that Google has infringed?”
- “Has Oracle proven that Google’s conceded use of the following was infringing, the only issue being whether such use was de minimis….” (it then lists three very specific features of Java that appeared in Android).
The trial might progress to its second part, which is about patent infringement, and then come back to reconsider this question. The judge could also require a retrial, declare a mistrial, or decide that the jury doesn’t have to be unanimous, reports CNET.
Stay tuned. A partial verdict should be delivered on Monday.
(UPDATE: Google originally told us the jury was deadlocked on question one. That’s not correct — it’s one of the first three questions.)