Trump administration backs Oracle in Supreme Court battle against Google

Oracle | February 19, 2020

Trump administration backs Oracle in Supreme Court battle against Google
The Trump administration is siding with software company Oracle over Google in the pivotal Supreme Court battle that has pitted the U.S. government against some of the top titans of the tech industry. The Department of Justice (DOJ) in a filing on Wednesday urged the high court to rule in favor of Oracle in the case that Google once referred to as the "copyright case of the decade." The DOJ is arguing that Google flouted copyright law when the tech giant copied 11,500 lines of Oracle's code more than 10 years ago. The Trump administration's stance could have far-reaching consequences as the high court weighs the outer limits of copyright law in the digital age. Google v. Oracle centers on a question that has eluded Silicon Valley for over a decade: whether it is possible to copyright application-programming interfaces (APIs), computer code that allows software products to communicate with one another.

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