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Page Revisits ‘Making Enemies’ Over Android at Oracle Trial

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Charles Glass

Google co-founder Larry Page was presented with a choice 11 years ago: whether to abandon the use of Java to build Android or march ahead and defend our decision, perhaps making enemies along the way.

Oracle sued Google in 2010, shortly after acquiring Sun Microsystems, where Java was created.Page, 43, was responding to an Oracle lawyer who was trying to show jurors that at the highest levels, Google was aware of the theft of its copyrighted code.It was Google s Android manager, Andy Rubin, who wrote about making enemies in a 2005 e-mail and urged Page to impress upon a Sun executive, that we love Sun.

Now the chief executive officer of Google parent Alphabet Inc., Page stood by Google s use of Java in his testimony, saying we didn t pay for free and open things.

Java s APIs are indispensable shortcuts programmers use to work across software platforms.Oracle has shown the e-mail to jurors throughout two weeks of trial.

"If Sun doesn t want to work with us, we have two options," Rubin wrote, adding that the first choice is "abandon our work" and adopt an inferior programming language or "2 Do Java anyway and defend our decision, perhaps making enemies along the way."U.S.

If jurors find Google didn t make fair use of Oracle s copyrights, they will decide in a second phase of the trial whether the company is entitled to damages.

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