Google is Acting "Absolutely Evil", Oracle CEO Claims
August 14, 2013 3:21 PM
Oracle is fighting Google in Appeals court over Java use in Android, having lost its initial case
Oracle Corp. (
) CEO Larry Ellison is not known for verbal restraint and he was certainly
spitting fiery criticism of his tech industry rivals
during a Tuesday morning interview with CBS Corp. (
) television host Charlie Rose.
I. Larry vs. Larry
In addition inferring that Apple, Inc. (
late CEO Steve Jobs is gone
, he was quick to lash out at another top rival, Google Inc. (
Asked by Mr. Rose on his feelings about Google he commented, "We just think they took our stuff, and that was wrong. I think what they did was absolutely evil."
The comment is a pretty pointed jab Google's CEO Larry Page. It plays on the
trademark Google motto "don't be evil"
have at times questioned
Oracle is in a court battle with Google over Java [Image Source:
Typically, Mr. Ellison's past attacks on rivals --
such as rival server maker Hewlett-Packard
) -- were
underpinned by a key competitive struggle
. The Google jabs were no exception. Google and Oracle remained locked in a key ongoing court battle, which is currently at the appeals court level.
II. Oracle is Bitter After Google Court Loss, Dreams of Comeback
obtained Sun Microsystems back in 2010
for $7.4B USD, Mr. Ellison had looked to quickly capitalize on his acquisition's intellectual property, filing a lawsuit again Google, makers of the world's top mobile operating system, Android.
Android makes heavy use of Java, a quasi-open source hardware-agnostic applications environment that was developed by Sun. Oracle contended that Google
did not properly obtain a "full license
" to use the technology commercially and had
copied Sun's source files
A jury in May 2012 found Google's Android not guilty of major infringement of Oracle IP.
[Image Source: ZuperDZigh]
Google called this claim bunk, digging up posts by Sun's former CEO Jonathan Schwartz who
gave Android apparent verbal permission to use Java
and wrote enthusiastically about Google's adoption of the platform. Oracle had tried to purge this post from the web, but was not savvy enough to outsmart Google, the king of internet search.
In the pair's court battle Google had reportedly offered a settlement of roughly 0.65 percent of Android's ongoing profits, plus $2.8M USD in damages, but saw
that settlement rejected by Oracle
took the case to a trial by jury
, hoping to score $1B USD or more in damages.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is hoping for a win against Google in its appeal of the decision.
[Image Source: Getty Images]
But in a May 2012 ruling,
the jury rejected most of Oracle's arguments
, find Google not guilty of most of the accused infringements, while only finding it guilty on a couple of counts. More importantly, they were deadlocked on whether the minor infringements they felt Oracle did prove would fall under the scope of "fair use" and hence not be eligible for damages/licensing.
declined to fight
at the federal court level (the case was tried before the
U.S. District Court for the District of Northern District of California
in San Francisco, Calif.), instead opting for a swift appeal to the
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
In addition to his criticism of Apple, and downright derision of Google, Mr. Ellison defended the
U.S. National Security Agency
's (NSA) data collection programs, which have
millions of American citizens
. He said in the interview that the programs were "absolutely necessary" and that he saw no harm in the government
spying on U.S. citizens
as long as the ruling regime did not use that information to
crack down on its political rivals
Mr. Ellison is "cool" with NSA spying on U.S. citizens. [Image Source: ACLU]
Of course Mr. Ellison might be a little biased -- Oracle is
a top contractor for the U.S. defense and intelligence agencies
hauling in billions in contracts a year. One of Oracle's first contracts after its 1977 founding was an effort to build a database for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Oracle is among the companies rumored to be
a recipient of NSA cash for the storage and analysis
of its harvested warrantless spying data.
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