Source: Business Insider
More than two dozen groups, including tech giants Microsoft, IBM, and IBM’s Red Hat subsidiary, have weighed in behind Google in its Supreme Court battle with Oracle. In the 10-year legal dispute, Oracle accused Google of stealing key code from Java to develop its Android operating system. Google rejects the charge, arguing that Oracle cannot copyright the code, known as APIs, or application programming interfaces, which allows programs to talk to each other. IBM, Microsoft and other parties, including the Mozilla Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and prominent figures in tech, have filed briefs in support of Google. Here’s what they said. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Oracle and Google are about to face off before the US Supreme Court in what’s expected to be one of the biggest tech legal showdowns in history. And some of tech’s biggest names, including IBM , Microsoft and Red Hat, are rooting for Google. In a legal brawl that has dragged on for 10 years, Oracle is accusing Google of copyright infringement and stealing a key component of its Java technology to build the Android operating system. “Google makes its money free-riding on the intellectual property and content of others,” Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger told Business Insider in an email. “Google stole Java and killed interoperability to create its proprietary Android operating system.” Google rejects the charge, saying Oracle cannot copyright the code, known as APIs, or application programming interfaces — which allows programs to talk to each other.