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19 April 2012, 16:43

Oracle and Google trial: day 3

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On the third day of Oracle's lawsuit against Google concerning Java-related copyrights and patents pertaining to Android, Google CEO Larry Page testified that Google "did nothing wrong" when developing Android. According to Page, Google was in talks with Sun about collaborating on the Java implementation in Android but the two companies "weren’t able to come to terms on a business partnership."

When being asked by the Oracle attorney about a 2010 email by Google engineer Tim Lindholm who was asked by Page and Google co-founder Sergey Brin to find an alternative to Java for Android, Page said he did not know who Lindholm was. In the email, Lindholm had recommended to Brin and Page to take out a licence for Java.

When being examined about the fact that Google did have internal discussions about Java APIs back in 2005, Page seemed to not understand the question if the APIs in question were authored by Sun. He replied: "It’s not obvious to me what this is about." On day 2 of the court proceedings, Google had asserted that their use of the Java APIs in Android constitutes fair use.

Page also said that while Android is important to Google, he personally "would not say it was critical."

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