Possible jury impasse looms in Oracle-Google trial

Associated Press Modified: May 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm •  Published: May 3, 2012

Oracle is hoping to win hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and a court order that would require Google to get a licensing agreement to keep using elements of Java in Android.

Google says it only used parts of Java that have always been freely available. The company also argues its actions fall under the "fair use" provision of U.S. copyright law.

If the jury can't reach a unanimous verdict on the copyright infringement allegations, Alsup told them that they will move on to a second phase of a trial to determine if Android violates two Java patents. If the copyright case ends in a deadlocked jury, Alsup said it probably will be re-tried in the future.

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