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Oracle loses 'fair use' bid against Google

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Unbelievably important development in Intellectual Property: even though Google has been found to infringe on 9 lines of code and the substantive design of Java, Judge Alsup has ruled that it is FAIR USE of copyrighted material.

This principle of Fair Use isn't just important to technology.

It is foundational to The Web and sites like PandaWhale:

The legal doctrine of fair use states that anyone can use copyrighted work without consent of the owner under certain circumstances, such as for teaching, in news reporting and commentary or to advance the public interest by creating something new.

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