Judge Alsup has made some rulings. The consequences are substantial for Oracle v Google/Android/World.
- The judge will not set a date for trial until Oracle revises its damage-caculation. Twice an unreasonable sum has been presented with no good legal basis. For this “delay,” Oracle has no one to blame but itself, given that twice now it has advanced improper methodologies obviously calculated to reach stratospheric numbers.
- Debate over an e-mail claimed privileged by attorney-client relationships has spilled over into an appeal which will have to be dealt with before trial or the trial risks being appealled.
Now, delay may be what Oracle wants as Oracle tries to spread FUD about Android/Linux but according to sales of Android/Linux devices, that’s not working. Oracle thus needs to tax Android and for that needs the matter to go to trial. Further, the delay threatens more of Oracle’s patents which have been thrown out on review by USPTO. The more delay, the more patents will be reviewed.
So, Larry Ellison’s dreams of bullying Google over Android have become a nightmare which is at best embarrassing and at worst an expensive disaster. The trial may end up costing far more than the “damages”. Of course, Oracle can afford it but the long-term effects will be that Oracle will be seen an unreliable partner in anything. On top of other moves to change the relationship with the FLOSS community, Oracle has earned a lot of bad will. I, for instance, am committed to producing future database projects with Postgresql. I tried it out seriously with webstats and find it different from MySQL but very easy to use. With a little practice, I won’t miss MySQL at all. I’ve already switched to LibreOffice and I likely never will use Oracle’s database.