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Oracle declines copyright infringement damages from Google in anticipation of appeal

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Today Oracle decided to forego any statutory damages from Google for the two counts of code copying the search giant was found to have committed in its creation of Android.

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Today Oracle's legal team decided to forego any statutory damages in connection with its infringement case against Google. Last month Judge William Alsup ruled that the structure, sequence, and organization or the 37 Java APIs in the case — the cornerstone of Oracle's hopes for a big payday — weren't copyrightable. It left Oracle with two minor infringement counts in hand, related to Google's copying of Java code for Android, with a total possible payout of just $300,000. Computerworld reports that during a hearing today Oracle's attorneys informed Alsup that both companies had agreed Oracle would accept no payment whatsoever at this time.

However, Oracle is not simply throwing in the towel. The company has already expressed that it will be appealing the judge's copyrightability ruling, and under an agreement both companies came to in May Oracle will be able to seek compensation for the code copying if and when the SSO infringement is retried. Of course, Google's not standing still either; the search giant's attorneys told the court that it would be seeking compensation for its legal expenses in the lengthy trial, a move that Oracle not-so-surprisingly said it would fight against.