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Federal Circuit panel holds that Google's use of Oracle's Java API packages does not constitute fair use under US copyright law

June 27, 2018
Author(s): Charles R. Macedo, David P. Goldberg, Christopher Lisiewski*

Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Volume 13, Issue 8, 1 August 2018, Pages 605–607,


On 27 March 2018, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (‘Federal Circuit’) issued a ruling in Oracle America, Incv Google LLC, No 17–1118, that reversed the district court’s decision and found that ‘Google’s use of the 37 Java API packages was not fair as a matter of law’ (slip opinion, 55).

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