January 21, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Google may be in trouble when the time comes to answer allegations that it lifted code from Sun Microsystems for Android. Oracle, which acquired Sun just about this time last year, filed suit against Google in August of 2010, accusing Google of violating Oracle’s copyrights for the Android OS and the Dalvik Virtual Machine.
Oracle’s complaint featured examples of Android code it believes were ripped from its IP, but FOSS Patents discovered several more instances in which Google may have some trouble explaining similarities to code present in Android 2.2 and 2.3 that Oracle are likely to enter into evidence. Florian Mueller even claims to have found 37 Android source files that begin with a Sun Microsystems copyright header.
FOSS Patents has a very detailed explanation of the findings, and documents that compare the alleged violations side-by-side. Head over to the site and read them if you’re in the know and want to see how strong the case may be. The technical jargon may be intimidating at first but it’s a reasonable read.
Google has come under fire for alleged patent/copyright violations since Android debuted, and this is one case where the company faces serious challenges in its defense according to Florian Mueller’s analysis of the evidence. If Google cannot mount a strong defense or reach a settlement, that could lead to major financial penalties for the Open Handset Alliance.