Oracle Case Commentators Paid By Google Are Officially IrrelevantBy: Chris Crum - September 7, 2012
In August, a federal court in California said Google failed to comply with an order to disclose the names of individuals that have talked about the the company’s ongoing legal battle with Oracle, and have received payment from Google. Eventually, Google, while making it clear that nobody was paid to discuss the case, Google did reveal of list of people who have openly discussed the case, who happen to be or have been paid by Google.
Apparently satisfied, the judge overseeing the case, has ended the examination with both companies’ dealings with bloggers and journalists, reports Reuters.
According to a report from the news agency, Judge William Alsup issued on order on Tuesday, indicating he would “take no further action regarding the subject of payments by the litigants to commentators and journalists.”
In the document, Google had named employees (and former employees) William Patry, Timothy Bray, Bruce Perens, Mark Lemley, James Gosling, and Timothy B. Lee, as well as the Computer and Communications Industry Association, Jonathan Band, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, the Center for Democracy and Technology, Lauren Weinstein at Vortex Technology, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
While apparently irrelevant at this point, the document is available for viewing here.
On September 4, Alsup ordered Oracle to pay Google $1 million to cover court costs related to the case, though Google had initially sought $4 million for this reason.
Oracle still intends to appeal the ruling that Google did not infringe upon Oracle Java copyrights, as it was ruled that Java API elements are not copyrightable.