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The long-awaited oral argument in Google v. Oracle took place in early October and it was as lively as anticipated. To give a short overview, the facts are unfavorable to Google. The company, seeking to attract developers to its Android mobile operating system, incorporated components of the popular Java platform but refused the license it was offered. Instead, it blatantly copied over 11,000 lines of Oracle’s declaring code, as well as the creative structure, sequence and organization of the Java platform. Google lobbed a variety of legal arguments at the court, but a clear majority of the justices seemed unimpressed. Faced with reality, Google attorneys turned to policy arguments that denigrate copyright law and ignore the obvious availability of a range of licensing options it could have taken. Because these arguments are dangerous for the future state of copyright law, it’s worth reviewing the context, precedent and particulars that were raised during the oral argument.

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