It’s the talk of the town right now: A jury has decided that Google didn’t infringe on Oracle’s Java patents.
Big win for open source, right?
Nope. Why? I’m glad you asked!
Here’s the thing: Can a layman jury really, I mean really, decide on this?
This is a highly technical matter, one which most engineers will have a tough time sifting through, and we expect a bunch of people, randomly picked off the street, to decide such an issue? Really?
I think Google lucked out BIG TIME here.
I like ZDNet’s Steven Shaw’s take on this issue very much. Please read it. It makes sense, unlike the decision handed down by this jury.
Google may have prevailed, but fundamentally it seems reasonable for the owner of Java to expect to profit when others profit from Java.