Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc.

US Supreme Court (merits stage)

Case Decided April 2021:

The court found that Google’s use of code fell under fair use and reversed and remanded the Federal Circuit decision. Click here to read the case decision.

Questions Presented:

  1. Whether copyright protection extends to a software interface that allows developers to operate prewritten libraries of code used to perform particular tasks.
  2. Whether, as the jury found, petitioner's use of a software interface in the context of creating a new computer program constitutes fair use.

RLC's Position:

The RLC’s brief explains the far anti-competitive reach of allowing copyright law to bind users to certain software, such as how such a result could inhibit the interoperability of online retail. 

Please use the DOWNLOAD button below to access the RLC's Brief.


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