Los Angeles (dpa) - Software maker Oracle won a federal appeals court bid Friday in Washington, claiming that Google copied its Java programming language, according to multiple media reports.
The court reversed a previous trial judge's ruling, allowing Oracle to copyright parts of its Java programming system that Google used to create its Android mobile software.
Oracle sought more than 1 billion dollars, claiming Google used its Java code without licensing the right when creating Android software.
A judge two years ago ruled that shortcuts created by Oracle's Java code to perform functions like connecting to the internet were not copyright table.That decision has now been reversed.
The case could make it more difficult for developers to build software that uses Java code to interact with other programmes, according to the San Jose Mercury News.