Source: Business Insider
Oracle is accusing Google’s chief legal officer of waging a “coercion campaign” aimed at pressuring companies and groups not to endorse its position in their Supreme Court battle. Oracle Executive Vice President Ken Glueck, the tech giant’s point man in Washington DC, said Kent Walker, Google’s head of global affairs, reached out to “more than half a dozen” parties “to persuade them to stay silent” on the legal dispute. Oracle is accusing Google of copyright infringement and stealing a key component of its Java technology to build the 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. The tech giants are scheduled to face off before the Supreme Court on March 24. Google responded to Oracle’s claims by pointing to the groups that have endorsed its position, including IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat and various groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation.