Oracle just tripled down on its asking price for Google to use Java in Android

politicians on social media randall case court gavel
Paul Matthew Photography/Shutterstock
It appears the inflation rate for six years of litigation is very high. Oracle just reassessed what it believes Google should pay for its use of Java, and it’s not pretty.

Back in August 2010, Oracle was seeking $2.6 billion in damages when it argued that Google used Java in its Android operating system without licensing certain parts of it. However, Oracle has increased its damages amount to $9.3 billion as this case goes to yet another trial in May.

Oracle’s recalculation is based on the growth that Android enjoyed over the years, which might have been more than anyone anticipated. Of the $9.3 billion total, about $8.3 million represents profits that Google made from Android. Next month’s trial will include all versions of Android up to Lollipop.

Oracle’s argument has always been that Google should have obtained a licence from Sun when it used Java for its Android operating system. Google says its use of Java is protected by “fair use,” meaning that developers can copy it under limited situations. Incidentally, Oracle bought Sun Microsystems in January 2010, about seven months before the suit was filed with Google.

This case has flip-flopped for nearly six years. In the original trial, a jury found that Google infringed Oracle’s copyright of 37 Java application programming interfaces (APIs). However, trial judge William Alsup ruled that APIs aren’t eligible for protection under U.S. copyright law, which almost ended it for Oracle. Of course the company appealed the decision and was able to get the ruling overturned. Google pushed for an appeal with the Supreme Court last year, but it declined to take the case.

This leads us to today. The case is headed back to Alsup’s court on May 9 to hopefully decide once and for all if Google’s use of Java was copyright infringement or fair use.

If you want a better perspective as to how much $9.3 billion would mean to Google, it’s parent company, Alphabet, made $4.9 billion in profit last quarter.

Google will likely argue for a much lower figure, but its damages report isn’t public yet. However, the Mountain View company might be thinking around $100 million based on a filing by Oracle last week.

Mobile

The latest Google Doodle lets you create Bach-like music of your own

Google is celebrating the life of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, and to that end the company has released a new Google Doodle that allows you to create Bach-like melodies and harmonies of your own.
Mobile

Google hit with another fine by the EU, this time for $1.7 billion

Google has been fined for the third time by the EU, this time for breaching antitrust laws by requiring third-party websites using its search function to prioritize its ads over competitors.
Mobile

Google Fi: Phones, plans, pricing, perks, and more explained

Google's wireless service, formerly Project Fi, now goes by the name of Google Fi, and it's now compatible with a majority of Android phones, as well as iPhones. Here's everything you need to know about Google Fi.
Smart Home

Our favorite coffee makers make flavorful cups of joe from the comforts of home

Whether you're looking for a simple coffee maker to get you through the morning or a high-end brewer that will impress your taste buds and your friends, you'll find some of the best coffee makers around on this list.
Mobile

Firefox Send file-sharing service is now an Android app

Mozilla has just launched Firefox Send as an Android app. The free service lets you share files of up 2.5GB via a web link that expires after a certain period of time or number of downloads.
Mobile

The best Sony Xperia 10 Plus cases to keep your smartphone safe

It's always a smart play to safeguard your smartphone with a decent case or cover. We've identified the best Sony Xperia 10 Plus cases here, so take your pick from rugged protection to slim style.
Wearables

This $76,000 Grand Seiko watch has something in common with a plug-in hybrid car

How can a watch that costs $76,000 possibly have anything in a common with any car, let alone a plug-in hybrid? It's all about the complex, technically incredible Spring Drive movement inside this Grand Seiko watch.
Mobile

Here’s how to cancel subscriptions on an iPhone or an iPad

Find out how to cancel subscriptions on an iPhone or any other iOS device with this easy step-by-step guide. We'll show you where you can review your subscriptions and precisely how to cancel them.
Mobile

Mozilla rolls out Firefox for iPad with split screen support

Mozilla released a version of Firefox that is specifically designed for Apple's iPad. The internet browser comes with several unique features for the tablet, including split screen support and unique tab management.
Mobile

Scientists wreck a smartphone in a blender, but not just for fun

It’s oddly mesmerizing to watch a smartphone get torn apart inside a blender. Researchers recently did just that in a bid to find out which materials make up a handset, and also to encourage people to think more about recycling.
Movies & TV

Apple’s next big event is minutes away: Here’s what you can expect

Apple's next big event takes place on March 25 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to make several announcements related to its services, including Apple TV, so follow our guide to get ready for the big event.
Deals

The excellent Apple iPad gets even deeper price cuts on Amazon

The humble iPad from 2018 is still one of the best tablets around -- and a solid choice for most people. Amazon has seen some great price drops for these tablets recently, and now you can own an iPad for even less than before.
Mobile

More than a screenshot: How to record the screen on an Android device

If you've ever want to record video of your Android screen, there are plenty of apps that can help. Here's an easy guide on how to record the screen on an Android device with the right settings and apps.
Mobile

Apple News Plus gives you access to more than 300 magazines for $10 per month

At Apple's services event, the company unveiled a new news subscription service called Apple News Plus. The service gives you access to more than 300 magazines and newspapers and costs $10 per month.