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Google Garnishes Java Burger

Google lawyers have likened Java programming code they are accused of stealing to the equivalent of a hamburger. Oracle is suing Google over the use of the code called API, which it claims was stolen and used to build the Android operating system.

But in their closing argument in the case, Google’s lawyers said they merely took the equivalent of an everyday hamburger and dressed it up with their garnishes.

Oracle disputes the claims, saying it’s Google’s lawyers that are garnishing the facts.

Oracle is seeking US$9 billion in damages, which would make the case one of the most important jury verdicts in US history. A trial in 2012 has already found that Google infringed Oracle’s copyrights on the code. This trial will determine if Oracle is entitled to damages.

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