Oracle / Google Verdict Suggests Open-ness Must Be Licensed

The central issue in Oracle’s Java copyright/patent case against Google, which has been lost after a million-and-one interpretations of the case over the last two years, remains this:  If Company #1 implicitly grants Company #2 the right to use technology that #1 created and owns, to the extent that it’s perfectly fine with #2 copying portions of that technology for its own purposes without seeking explicit permission first, does that implied consent transfer to Company #3 when it acquires Company #1?  The interim answer, issued by a jury in U.S. District Court in San Francisco today, appears to have been, “It depends.”

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