Judge denies Oracle’s motion for ruling on fair use, leaves Google with just one count of infringement
Following the jury’s inability to decide on the issue of fair use in the Oracle v. Google trial, Oracle asked the judge to rule on the issue as a matter of law (JMOL). Both sides engaged in oral arguments, but Judge William Alsup surprised us with an early decision, denying Oracle’s request, saying that “it wouldn’t be fair” given the evidence introduced in the trial.
During the conversations, it was clear that Alsup wasn’t inclined to side with Oracle here, noting that Oracle’s legal team had initially insisted on a jury trial, and that “now we got their verdict and you want something else.” As for what’s next, there’s still much on the copyright side to be decided. Alsup has yet to rule on Google’s motion for a mistrial — something…
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