Oracle Accuses Google of Stealing Code

Well this is getting interesting. According to reports, Oracle continues to cry foul over Google's business practices, most recently claiming that the search juggernaut "directly copied" its Java code. The allegation comes as part of an updated lawsuit that was first filed back in August of this year. The original lawsuit, which seemingly came out of nowhere, was pretty vague in outlining exactly what Oracle felt Google did wrong, but now we're getting down to the nitty-gritty.

"The infringed elements of Oracle America's copyrighted work include Java method and class names, definitions, organizations, and parameters; the structure, organization, and content of Java class libraries; and the content and organization of Java's documentation," Oracle complains.

"In at least several instances, Android computer program code also was directly copied from copyrighted Oracle America code," Oracle goes on to accuse.

Here's what at stake. Android developers code their apps in Java, which are then run in Google's custom virtual machine (VM) called Dalvik. Dalvik is a critical part of Android, and if Oracle were to get the injunction it's requesting, many Android phones on the market would have to be pulled.

Google so far hasn't responded to the amended complaint, though in the past has referred to the allegations as a "baseless" attack, not only on Google, but on the open-source community as a whole.

"This action is not against Android per se but against any Java development not sanctioned by Oracle," said Kent Walker, general counsel of Google. "The lawsuit is trying to put the genie back in the bottle."