Former Sun CEO Says Google Did Not Need Licenses To Use Java APIs For Android

Two former Sun Microsystems CEOs were witnesses in the lawsuit between Google and Oracle Corporation. The two had opposing views about how Sun saw the Java language being used by Google. Sun’s last CEO Jonathan Schwartz believed that Google was free to use parts of Java when building Android.

Scott McNealy said that it was common for Sun to allow other companies use Java, but only with a commercial license. The requirement is also that the licensee ensures that Java remains compatible.

Other phones by Nokia, RIM, and Motorola were compatible with Java applications, but Android was not. Oracle has been arguing against Google when it comes to compatibility. Oracle said that not only did Google violate their parents and copyrights, but they also said that Google went on to build their own incompatible version of Java.

Schwartz said he hoped Google would take out a commercial license, but said Sun opted “to grit our teeth” and support it as part of the Java community. Schwartz also said that Java opted not to sue Google over the issue. Oracle presented an e-mail from Schwartz describing Google as having taken Java “without attribution or contribution.” Schwartz went on to say “this is why I love scroogle.”

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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