In the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, Jobs is quoted as saying:
“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”Oracle, meanwhile, filed suite against Google in 2010 and is seeking damages of about $1 billion from Google, according to Marketwatch. There are now more than 300 million Android devices worldwide, and Oracle alleges Google violated Java patents and copyrights to make Android a success.
Hmmm... The VAR Guy certainly respects the need for intellectual property protection. But can Oracle really prove Google's guilt? Our resident blogger is also reminded of another famous Steve Jobs line, quoting Picasso: "Good artists copy, great artists steal."
The trial, which kicked off last week, is expected to last as long as 10 weeks, according to the LA Times. And even then, experts warn, the outcome could be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court... or settled in a back room between Oracle and Google attorneys.
Somewhere, the spirit of Steve Jobs is watching closely.