Google has lost its billion-dollar legal fight with Oracle, but everybody will pay the price

Google is on the hook for billions of dollars in damages after a federal appeals court decided that it violated Oracle's copyright by using Java code in its Android operating system. The case has been sent down to a lower-level court for damages to be calculated, but if Oracle gets its way, Google will be paying several billion dollars in damages.

More worryingly, however, the lawsuit sets a strict precedent on the use of application program interfaces (APIs) in coding. The tech community has been divided over the case, but critics are warning that a harsh verdict against Google will have a chilling effect on the speed of innovation in software.

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