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Apache e-mails, shown in court, say Android “ripped off” Oracle IP

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Lawyers for Oracle Corporation summoned a hostile witness to the stand today here in federal court, revealing what they surely hope will be a "smoking gun" e-mail in their copyright infringement case against Google.

"We couldn't call something Java if it wasn't Java," answered Mazzocchi.

The point was made: Mazzocchi is just a guy with views that don't necessarily represent his colleagues at Apache, much less Google.

"Our whole business is based on the ideas and work that come out of programmers and employees heads and that they type into computer code," said Catz, speaking slowly and turning to look at the jury.

As for the mobile licensing business, since the launch of Android, it has performed "very, very poorly," Catz said.

Google presented its case first; it has the burden of proof since its defense is limited to "fair use."

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