Open Source: Implications of Oracle v. Google

Understanding the Complexities When Assessing the Software Copyright Options

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Conducted on Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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This CLE course will provide guidance for counsel to companies, developers and licensees on the implications of the recent Oracle v. Google decision. The panel will explain the boundaries of copyright law as it relates to software and offer best practices to minimize IP infringement


Using open source software offers a number of benefits but also serious risks, including potential liability for intellectual property infringement. Companies creating and reusing open source software are subject to complicated legal challenges to their software licenses.

The scope of copyright law directly impacts open source licenses. The recent decision in the Oracle v. Google litigation, which considers Google’s use of the Java platform in its Android devices, is a beginning to define the boundaries of copyright law as it relates to software.

To avoid charges of copyright infringement, counsel to companies, developers and licensees should manage and account for the open source use to ensure strict compliance with the obligations and restrictions of the license agreements.

Listen as our authoritative panel of IP practitioners reviews the Oracle v. Google decision, discusses the implications of the decision, and explains the boundaries of copyright law as it relates to software. The panel will outline best practices for companies and developers when developing applications programming interface (APIs).



  1. Oracle v. Google decision
  2. Implications of the decision
    1. What types of software are protectable
    2. What can be copied and when
    3. What cannot be copied
    4. Impact on licenses
  3. Best practices for developing APIs and open source licensing


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • How may the recent Oracle v. Google decision change copyrightability of open source software?
  • What strategies should companies and developers employ when developing APIs?
  • What are the best practices for licensees to ensure compliance with open source license agreements?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Paul H. Arne
Paul H. Arne

Morris Manning & Martin

Mr. Arne represents technology companies and large end users, with a particular emphasis on complex, outsourcing...  |  Read More

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