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Larry Page spars with Oracle attorney at Android trial

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Marc Anderson

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SAN FRANCISCO Reuters - Google did not pay to use Oracle's software in millions of smartphones, but the company believed that the intellectual property was free for anyone to use, Larry Page, chief executive of Google's parent company, told jurors in court on Thursday.

A trial in 2012 ended in a deadlocked jury, and if the current jury rules against Google on fair use, then it would consider Oracle's request for $9 billion in damages.

Oracle attorney Peter Bicks sharply questioned Page about the importance of Android to Google's business, pointing to documents noting billions of dollars in revenue, as well as earnings transcripts in which Page said 700,000 Android phones were "lit up" every day.

"No we didn't pay for the free and open things," Page said.

"I think we acted very responsibly and carefully around the intellectual property issues," Page said.

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