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Tech Industry Rallies Behind Google in Supreme Court Fight

By The Hill

January 15, 2020

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Some of Google's biggest rivals, including Microsoft, IBM, and Mozilla, filed amicus briefs on its behalf Monday in a copyright battle with Oracle.

The companies argued technology innovation could be hampered if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that Google violated federal copyright law when it used some of Oracle's programming language to build its Android operating system.

Said Google’s Kent Walker, "Today, we saw a remarkable range of consumers, developers, computer scientists, and businesses saying that open software interfaces promote innovation and that no single company like Oracle should be able to monopolize creativity."

In its brief, IBM wrote, "Computer interfaces are not copyrightable."

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