On Wednesday, on the third day of the trial in the Google-Oracle copyright-violation lawsuit, Google CEO Larry Page took the witness stand, and rebuffed the accusations that his company had not licensed the in-question Java technology, for using it to power its Android operating system.
According to the allegations leveled against Google by Oracle - which acquired Java creator Sun Microsystems in 2010 -, the Internet search giant had violated copyrights when Java application programming interfaces (APIs) were used as part of the company's Android app development processor. Via the lawsuit, Oracle is seeking $1 billion or more in damages from Google.
Taking the witness stand on Wednesday, Page said that Google "did nothing wrong"; and, responding to intense questioning from Oracle attorney David Boies elaborated that though his company had initially mulled the purchase of a license for the Java programming language, it later decided that it would use only the `freely available' parts of Java for its Android OS.
While Google's attorney Robert Van Nest had, on Tuesday, presented evidence that Sun executives were enthusiastic about Android's use of Java, Oracle presented documents, on Wednesday, to suggest that Google initially felt that it should license Java technology from Sun, though it never actually did so.
When Boies pressurized Page to reveal how aware he was about the negotiations between Google and Sun over a license, the Google CEO said: "When we weren't able to come to terms on having a business partnership, which involved a lot of different things, we went down our own path."
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