Here's The Damning Evidence Oracle Dug Up On Google For Its $1 Billion Android Lawsuit

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Oracle and Google started trial today in one of the highest-profile intellectual property lawsuits of all time. Oracle is suing Google for $1 billion for allegedly using Oracle’s Java technology in Android without paying for it. Oracle had originally wanted $6.1 billion, but the judge laughed at that and made Oracle come back to reality.

Oracle says Google’s Android violates its intellectual property rights to Java, which it gained when it acquired Sun Microsystems.

Google says it does not violate Oracle’s patents and that Oracle cannot copyright certain parts of Java.

Oracle laid out many of its claims in a 91-page PDF posted to its website. [Link]. It includes a whole bunch of damning e-mails from Google executives allegedly discussing their need to licence Java from Sun, how they didn’t want to give in to Sun’s demands, and how they went ahead and used Java anyway. It also has some other documents, like internal Google presentations.

A word on the players named in these e-mails: Andy Rubin is Google’s Senior Vice President, Mobile and Digital Content, responsible for developing Android. Tim Lindholm is a software engineer at Google who had led mobile Java work at Sun.

Let’s dig in…

Google tried to find a way around using Java.

Google says Sun's demands for using Java in Android were too restrictive.

Google thought Sun would try to move in and control Android.

Andy Rubin sent this e-mail explaining why using Java was the best way to go.

Android would need apps. Picking Java gave them lots of developers to write apps.

Google asked Sun's former Java mobile expert, Bill Coughran, to talk to Sun about licensing Java.

With the licensing talks going poorly, Google considered building Android without Java.

These e-mails suggest it tried to hide what it was doing from Sun.

In a deposition, Google at first claimed it makes no money on Android.

But on a later earnings call, Google told investors it makes a lot of money on Android.

Finally, this is what Oracle says Google stole. In the end, despite all these emails, the case will probably come down to matters of law -- like whether Oracle can copyright certain parts of Java.

Where else could Google get inspiration?

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