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Oracle Announces Java 14

Tue, 2020-03-17 12:15
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Oracle Announces Java 14 Oracle JDK 14 represents more than two years of on-time six-month feature releases, bringing innovation and predictability to developers Oracle JDK 14 adds new features to improve developer productivity, including Java language support for switch expressions, new APIs for continuous monitoring of JDK Flight Recorder data, and extended availability of the low-latency Z Garbage Collector to macOS and Windows This new release includes three preview features: Pattern Matching for instanceof (JEP 305), Records (JEP 359) and Text Blocks (JEP 368)

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Mar 17, 2020

Oracle today announced the general availability of Java 14 (Oracle JDK 14). Java 14 continues Oracle’s commitment to accelerate innovation by delivering new enhancements to enterprises and the developer community with a new feature release every six months. The latest Java Development Kit (JDK) delivers new features, including two new highly anticipated preview features – Pattern Matching for instanceof (JEP 305) and Records (JEP 359), as well as a second preview of Text Blocks (JEP 368). Additionally, the latest Java release adds Java language support for switch expressions, exposes new APIs for continuous monitoring of JDK Flight Recorder data, extends the availability of the low-latency Z Garbage Collector to macOS and Windows, and adds, in incubator modules, the packaging of self-contained Java applications and a new Foreign memory access API for safe, efficient access to memory outside of the Java heap.

“Java 14 is further validation of the benefits of the six-month release cadence, giving developers access to features that they would otherwise be waiting years to get their hands on,” said Georges Saab, vice president of development, Java Platform, Oracle. “Not only does JDK 14 have a number of enhancements that will improve developer productivity, but we’re also seeing the first major content to come from projects like Project Panama, with a Foreign-Memory Access API enhancement (JEP 370), and continuing improvements from Project Amber, with Pattern Matching (JEP 305) and Records (JEP 359). These significant enhancements are testament to all of the hard work in these groundbreaking projects.”

The Java 14 release is the result of industry-wide development involving open review, weekly builds, and extensive collaboration between Oracle engineers and members of the worldwide Java developer community via the OpenJDK Community and the Java Community Process. The new features delivered in Java 14 include:

  • JEP 305: Pattern Matching for instanceof (Preview) – This preview feature enhances Java with pattern matching for the instanceof operator. This improves developer productivity by eliminating the need for common boiler plate code and allows more concise type-safe code.

  • JEP 343: Packaging Tool (Incubator) – Provides a way for developers to package Java applications for distribution in platform-specific formats. This helps developers with modern applications where constraints require runtimes and applications to be bundled in a single deliverable. This tools is introduced in an incubator module, which is a way of putting non-final APIs and non-final tools in the hands of developers to get their feedback while the APIs/tools progress towards either finalization or removal in a future release.

  • JEP 345: NUMA-Aware Memory Allocation for G1 – Improves overall performance of the G1 garbage collector on non-uniform memory access (NUMA) systems.

  • JEP 349: JFR Event Streaming – Exposes JDK Flight Recorder (JFR) data for continuous monitoring. This will simplify access to JFR data for various tools and applications and spur further innovation.

  • JEP 352: Non-Volatile Mapped Byte Buffers – Adds a file mapping mode for the JDK when using non-volatile memory. The persistent nature of non-volatile memory changes various persistence and performance assumptions which are leveraged with this feature.

  • JEP 358: Helpful NullPointerExceptions – Improves the usability of NullPointerExceptions by describing precisely which variable was null and other helpful information. This will increase developer productivity and improve the quality of many development and debugging tools.

  • JEP 359: Records (Preview) – This preview feature provides a compact syntax for declaring classes which hold shallowly immutable data. This feature can greatly reduce boilerplate code in classes of this type, but the biggest benefit allowing the modeling of data as data. It should be easy, clear and concise to declare these shallowly-immutable nominal data aggregates.

  • JEP 361: Switch Expressions (Standard) – This was a preview feature in JDK 12 and JDK 13 and is now being added as a standard feature. It allows switch to be used as either a statement or an expression. This feature simplifies every day coding and prepared the way for the pattern matching (JEP 305) feature previewed in this release.

  • JEP 364: ZGC on macOS and JEP 365: ZGC on Windows – While most users that require ZGC also require the scalability of Linux-based environments, there are often needs for deployment and testing to support ZGC on macOS and Windows. There are also certain desktop applications targeting Windows and macOS which will benefit from ZGC.

  • 368: Text Blocks (Second Preview) – After receiving end-user feedback when Text Blocks was first introduced as a preview feature as part of Java 13, enhancements have been added and Text Blocks is being offered as a preview feature again in Java 14 with the goal of becoming standard in a future JDK release. Text Blocks make it easy to express strings that span several lines of source code. It enhances the readability of strings in Java programs that denote code written in non-Java languages; It supports the migration from string literals by stipulating that any new construct can express the same set of strings as a string literal, interpret the same escape sequences and be manipulated in the same ways as a string literal.

  • 370: Foreign-Memory Access API (Incubator) – An API to allow Java programs to safely and efficiently access foreign memory outside of the Java heap.

For users and enterprises seeking commercial support, Oracle also offers the Oracle Java SE Subscription, a low cost and predictable support solution.  This offering is currently used by thousands of large and small organizations globally who receive the Java SE license, and comprehensive support, for the systems they need, and only for as long as they need it. These customers benefit from the flexibility and regular access to tested and certified performance, stability, and security updates for supported releases directly from Oracle.

Java continues to be the #1 programming language preferred by software developers. And as the on-time delivery of innovations with Java 14 demonstrates, through thoughtful planning and ecosystem involvement, the Java platform continues to power modern application development.

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Women’s History Month 2020 at Oracle: Christina Cavanna on Trust and Community

Tue, 2020-03-17 10:18
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Women’s History Month 2020 at Oracle: Christina Cavanna on Trust and Community

By Oracle—Mar 17, 2020

This month at Oracle we’re celebrating the women who have shaped our lives, our communities, our workplaces, our neighborhoods, and our society. Hear from our employees, partners, and customers and share your own story on social media by using the #HerStory hashtag and tagging @Oracle.

Christina Cavanna is Vice President of Global Marketing Operations and Chief of Staff. She’s a seasoned marketing leader and Oracle veteran—and also a mentor and a mother.

Tell us about your job. What do you love about what you do?

My favorite thing about my job is being able to show significant impact. I love working in areas that add real value to the business. With marketing, I know you can add real value to the company when you’re successfully connected to the overall business strategy. And I get to work with smart people every day who love a challenge.

Tell us a little bit about life outside of the office.   

I hang out with my family, I love to be at the beach, and sometimes I break out a puzzle.

Why is Oracle a great place to work?

Something that makes Oracle unique is the size of our business. This means there’s always an opportunity to try something new—whether that’s a different role, area of the business, or set of skills. If you’re starting to get antsy in a job because you feel you’ve learned it, it’s time to move forward and Oracle always supports that. My favorite part of working at Oracle, however, is the people—getting to work on teams to solve big challenges with smart people who are kind and respectful.

Who has inspired you on your journey, both professionally and personally?

For me, it’s a group of women I call my “neighborhood moms.” I grew up in a town about 50 miles east of where we are at Oracle HQ in Redwood Shores, Calif. This was a different time, when people really didn’t move around much. You grew up alongside the same families. There were six moms who all lived on Tyler Avenue, and together they were a force. They each had such different life experiences. One was a small business owner, another a pilot, another built their own home. Together, they built a beautiful, lasting community from scratch—one where we felt really supported, loved, and optimistic, like the world was our oyster.

What did you learn from the “neighborhood moms”?

The neighborhood moms really instilled in me the meaning of trust, which is about both supporting and leaning on others. Because I grew up on this block, in this community that these women fostered, I really seek out communities that are similar. Even in a workplace environment, I look for people who are open and who are kind, where I know I can trust and be trusted.

The theme for International Women's Day is, “Let’s all be each for equal,” a call to create a more gender-balanced world. What does this mean to you?

Of course, “each for equal” means the big things we as a society still need to work on—like equal pay and representation. Beyond that, for me personally it means a culture of respect and awareness, where you are heard and valued based on merit and not on gender. There are no more excuses for keeping women from having a seat at the table. We have a long way to go, and we each need to work towards a more equitable society.

What are your hopes for the next generation?

When I think about my nieces, I hope that they can be themselves without giving a second thought to their behavior because of their gender. I hope they never feel that tug of second-guessing or filtering their opinion because they worry about perception. Also, I hope that we don’t need to enforce or legislate equality because the business, societal, and cultural value of gender-equity is a given or an assumption. We don’t need to explain it!

If you could share only one bit of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

Your career is about people. Build your network and nurture it! If you see someone doing something that you admire, that interests you—ask them about it. Choose jobs based on the managers and the team, not just the position.

What advice do you have for women who are just starting their careers?

Set goals for the long term and share them with your managers or mentors for accountability. Career conversations shouldn’t be about how to get to the next level—they should be about how you’re moving towards your long-term mission. Going with the flow doesn’t always work. You’ve got to define your own pace and path.

If you’d like to learn more about how Oracle women lead the way at work and in the world, visit Women at Oracle online. You can also view our diversity and inclusion community.

Oracle Cloud Powers New Video, Gaming, and Sports Streaming Services

Tue, 2020-03-17 07:00
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Oracle Cloud Powers New Video, Gaming, and Sports Streaming Services Leading content streaming companies turn to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to enable fast digital storage, retrieval, and delivery to meet growing global demand

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Mar 17, 2020

As live streaming continues to represent a huge portion of all internet traffic, leading content providers—Phenix, Net Insight, and Mynet Inc.,—have selected Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to support growing global demand for streaming content. 

According to Go-Globe, live streaming is expected to account for 82 percent of all internet traffic this year, and the leading global providers of streaming content all have one thing in common: they need infrastructure to securely store and quickly access huge catalogs of digital content. As the popularity of streaming content continues to grow, providers are looking for technology partners to support their global growth and massive data demands.  

“Oracle’s modern, second-generation cloud is built and optimized to help enterprises run their most demanding workloads, including digital content, swiftly and securely,” said Vinay Kumar, vice president of product management at Oracle. “We architected our cloud specifically for low latency and high, consistent performance, making it an ideal platform for live streaming. We are seeing companies around the globe take advantage of our unique architecture and low networking costs to reach their customers in real time.”

Phenix

During commercial breaks at last year’s Oscars, Phenix provided the real-time “audience cam” capturing top celebrities in informal moments chatting and socializing amongst themselves via a stream from the Dolby Theater to a global audience watching online. ABC employed Phenix’s high availability workflows including active-active encoding and multi-path ingest over two independent internet connections for the highest reliability. At the peak, Phenix streamed to 110,000 concurrent viewers at a stream join rate of more than 80,000 per second, totaling 1,400,000 viewers with an end-to-end latency of less than 1⁄2 second.

Phenix sought a cloud infrastructure solution that could deliver uninterrupted video streams that are tailored to the internet connection speed and quality of millions of end-user devices. Ultimately Phenix choose Oracle Cloud Infrastructure because of Oracle’s Global enterprise focused presence and exceptional customer service and support. Phenix needed a partner that would provide leading performance for virtual cloud infrastructure and a high degree of transparency.

“Most streaming providers today don’t deliver an optimal user experience due to rebuffering, latency, and audience drift. We rely on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for rapid scalability when an event suddenly gains thousands of new viewers. Phenix enables users to watch real-time content synchronously regardless of the device, operating system, or network connection quality,” said Dr. Stefan Birrer, Chief Software Architect and co-founder, Phenix. “The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure platform meets our challenging requirements of performance and scale, has increased the efficiency of workloads up to 40 percent and decreased networking costs by 70 percent. This allows us to pass significant savings on to our customers.”

Net Insight

Emmy Award-winning Net Insight facilitates television streaming for the Olympics, Super Bowl, Oscars, and other major live events, and offers people and resource management for TV streaming projects during these events. The company was eager to offer its platform as a service to its customers, but faced a monumental obstacle with more than 20 years of data stored in customer-owned warehouses. 

“We needed a cloud solution that could support our goal of making our platform available as a service, so we could provide our customers with more complete analysis and real insights from all the scheduling data they gather,” said Crister Fritzson, CEO, Net Insight. “The combination of Oracle Autonomous Database and Oracle Analytics Cloud provided the most complete, clean offering on the market. Not only are we able to securely house that 20 years of data, we now have the ability to gain critical business insights from it in real time. In addition to offering a superior solution—no other database self-heals, self-tunes and self-secures—the high level of customer support provided by Oracle played a critical role at every level of the entire project.”

Mynet

Mynet, a game service business that specializes in online game management for over 60 titles since founded, aims to provide gamers with an “exciting space over a longer time.” With a business model based on working with game makers to create a longer life for online titles, Mynet sought an online game operation platform for “Age of Ishtaria,” a beautifully-illustrated, fast-paced, action battle role-playing game (RPG).  

“A stable environment is essential in online game operations, and providing a space where users can enjoy the game over a long period of time is a huge benefit to our customers,” said Mr. Yuki Horikoshi, general manager of engineering, Mynet Inc. “Oracle Cloud Infrastructure was the best balance between performance and cost for ‘Age of Ishtaria,’ enabling players to gain a better user experience while also delivering 65 percent cost savings compared to previous cloud service. Those savings then allow us to reinvest in new events and campaigns for our customers.”  

Oracle’s Gen 2 Cloud

Oracle’s modern, second-generation cloud is built and optimized specifically to help enterprises run their most demanding workloads securely. With unique architecture and capabilities, Oracle Cloud delivers unmatched security, performance, and cost savings. Oracle’s Generation 2 Cloud is the only one built to run autonomous services, including Oracle Autonomous Linux and Oracle Autonomous Database, the industry's first and only self-driving database. Oracle Cloud offers a comprehensive cloud computing portfolio, from application development and business analytics to data management, integration, security, artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain.

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Oracle Adds Clarity and Color to the De Beers In-Store Experience

Mon, 2020-03-16 08:00
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Oracle Adds Clarity and Color to the De Beers In-Store Experience Mobile Point of Service allows associates to guide shoppers through their diamond journey anywhere in the store

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. and LONDON, U.K.—Mar 16, 2020

Luxury retailer De Beers Jewellers is adopting modern Oracle Xstore technology to enhance its customers’ shopping experience. The company prides itself on offering exquisite gifts and peerless diamonds for life’s key moments. Each of its 33 stores, located in 15 countries, are equipped with the proprietary De Beers Iris technology that allows customers to see the unique characteristics of their diamond through the eyes of an expert. With Oracle Mobile Point of Service (POS), De Beers will further improve the in-store experience by empowering associates to engage customers throughout their purchase journey.

“Diamonds are works of art in their own rights with incredible colours, tints, and nuances. The more you know, the more you can discover. Our brand ambassadors guide customers to find the perfect jewellery for their unique tastes,” said Francois Delage, chief executive officer, De Beers Jewelers. “Selecting Oracle’s mobile technology will enable our brand ambassadors to ensure a seamless in store experience from the discovery phase to purchase, in the optimal setting.”

In collaboration with Oracle Retail Consulting Services, De Beers Jewellers will implement Oracle Retail Xstore Point of Service and Oracle Retail Xstore Office Cloud Service. With the offerings, associates will be able to interact with customers in a truly personalized way.

“Oracle Retail Xstore POS enables retailers to pivot to the customer by delivering a fully mobile store with all the capabilities required to create a modern shopping experience,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail. “With Oracle, De Beers associates can focus their attention on showing the uniqueness of their jewellery and the needs of the shoppers from anywhere in the store.”

Oracle Retail Xstore Office Cloud Service can centralize all back-office elements of store operations, eliminating the need for additional data center investment. This cloud service enables faster implementation timelines and creates a more responsive business model attuned to shifts in consumer preferences. Oracle Retail POS and Xstore are architected for global expansion, providing country-pack accelerators that help expedite international rollouts.

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Oracle is the modern platform for retail. Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated platform for best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to accelerate from best practice to next practice, drive operational agility, and refine the customer experience. For more information, visit our website, www.oracle.com/retail.

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AEP to Use Oracle for Energy Management Programs

Mon, 2020-03-16 07:00
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AEP to Use Oracle for Energy Management Programs

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Mar 16, 2020

For 113 years, American Electric Power (AEP) has made modern life possible with the delivery of safe reliable electricity. But the company knows that today’s savvy consumer expects more. They want more insight into the cost and impact of their energy use and advice on how to reduce both. Helping guide customers in this evolving energy journey, AEP has selected Oracle Utilities Opower to deliver tailored energy management programs across its portfolio of utilities.    

“AEP is committed to delivering personalized touchpoints to each customer,” said Scott Neuman, group vice president, Oracle Utilities Opower. “With Opower, AEP will be able to more quickly develop and scale new products and services that engage customers with the right information at the moment they are most likely to act.”

Through Opower’s advanced Home Energy Management programs and insights, AEP Ohio has already engaged its customers via more than 25 million personalized communications, helping them save millions of dollars on their energy bills.

Oracle will provide AEP a single customer experience platform built atop a common, secure data model that spans everything from energy efficiency to digital self-service to device automation. By consolidating nine different vendor solutions with the Opower platform, AEP will be able to enhance the customer journey across its utilities by providing customers:

  • A better understanding of new offerings and rates through high bill alerts, rate comparisons, and easy to use tools for households with smart meters, solar panels, and electric vehicles.
  • The ability to engage through their channels of choice via customized insights embedded into their online account. This includes enhancing AEP’s digital assistant solution through integration with Opower, so customers can ask devices such as Google Home for anything from a forecast of their monthly bill to advice on how to reduce it.
  • Personalized insights via energy reports, online home energy assessments, and peak savings programs.
  • The ability to seamlessly enroll their home devices in utility grid service programs via EnergyHub, allowing utility control in exchange for compelling rebates and incentives.
 

To learn more about Oracle Utilities Opower, please visit here

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Oracle Announces Fiscal 2020 Third Quarter Financial Results

Thu, 2020-03-12 15:00
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Oracle Announces Fiscal 2020 Third Quarter Financial Results
  • Q3 FY20 GAAP EPS up 4% to $0.79 and Non-GAAP EPS up 11% to $0.97
  • Total Revenues of $9.8 billion, up 2% year-over-year and 3% in constant currency
  • Cloud Services & License Support Revenues of $6.9 billion, up 4% year-over-year and 5% in constant currency
  • Fusion ERP Cloud Revenues up 37% year-over-year and 38% in constant currency
  • The Board of Directors increased the authorization for share repurchases by $15.0 billion

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Mar 12, 2020

Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) today announced fiscal 2020 Q3 results. Total Revenues were $9.8 billion, up 2% in USD and 3% in constant currency compared to Q3 last year. Cloud Services and License Support revenues were $6.9 billion, up 4% in USD and 5% in constant currency. Cloud License and On-Premise License revenues were $1.2 billion.

GAAP Operating Income was up 4% to $3.5 billion, and GAAP Operating Margin was 36%. Non-GAAP Operating Income was up 2% to $4.4 billion, and non-GAAP Operating Margin was 44%. GAAP Net Income was $2.6 billion, and non-GAAP Net Income was $3.2 billion. GAAP Earnings Per Share was up 4% to $0.79, while non-GAAP Earnings Per Share was up 11% to $0.97.

Short-term Deferred Revenues were $7.8 billion. Operating Cash Flow was $13.9 billion during the trailing twelve months.

"We had an extremely strong quarter with Total Revenues growing 3% in constant currency,” said Oracle CEO, Safra Catz. “Subscription revenues, made up of Cloud Services and License Support revenues, grew 5% in constant currency. These consistently growing and recurring subscription revenues now account for 71% of total company revenues, thus enabling a sequential increase in our operating margin, and double-digit non-GAAP Earnings Per Share growth in Q3.”

“The Oracle Autonomous Database, the world’s only fully autonomous data management system, can automatically patch security vulnerabilities while running; it keeps your data safe,” said Oracle Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison. “Oracle Autonomous Database is also both serverless and elastic. It’s the only database that can instantaneously scale itself to an optimal level of CPU and IO resources. You only pay for what you use. Security and economy are two fundamental reasons why thousands of customers are now using the revolutionary new Oracle Autonomous Database in our Generation 2 Public Cloud.”

The Board of Directors increased the authorization for share repurchases by $15.0 billion. The Board of Directors also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 per share of outstanding common stock. This dividend will be paid to stockholders of record as of the close of business on April 9, 2020, with a payment date of April 23, 2020.

Q3 Fiscal 2020 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

Oracle will hold a conference call and webcast today to discuss these results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific. You may listen to the call by dialing (816) 287-5563, Passcode: 425392. To access the live webcast, please visit the Oracle Investor Relations website at http://www.oracle.com/investor. In addition, Oracle’s Q3 results and fiscal 2020 financial tables are available on the Oracle Investor Relations website.

A replay of the conference call will also be available by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, Passcode: 5995463.

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Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain

Mon, 2020-03-09 09:34
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Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain

Ken Glueck, Executive Vice President, Oracle—Mar 9, 2020

This past January, Google filed its brief on the merits of its case with the U.S. Supreme Court and sought the support of outside groups to bolster its position. These amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs create the impression that this case is of great import and controversy, and a ruling in Oracle’s favor will impede innovation. 

Upon closer inspection, what these briefs reveal is a significantly different picture, one where Google is the outlier, with very little meaningful support outside the purview of its financial fingerprints.

As we discussed in a previous post, this case is not about innovation, it is about theft. Google copied verbatim more than 11,000 lines of software code, and now attempts post hoc to change the rules in order to excuse its conduct. Any objective view of technological innovation during the pendency of this matter leads to the conclusion that strong copyright promotes innovation. The Federal Circuit decided in 2014 that Oracle’s Java copyrights were valid and enforceable and the period since 2014 has seen some of the greatest advances in technology.

As those of us that have watched Google over the past few decades know, Google’s view boils down to the self-absorbed position that the work it is doing is of such consequence that the rules shouldn’t apply to them. The problem for Google is that very few outside of its self-generated atmosphere agree. 

Let’s be clear, it is not commonplace or foundational in the software industry to steal other developer’s software code. Rather, what is commonplace is a confluence of interests where code is licensed to facilitate its widespread deployment, with the owner choosing the terms. The more restrictive the terms, the less likely it is to be widely deployed. Copyright licenses are the foundation of open source software as well, with more than two dozen different licenses governing open source technology, some more permissive, some less permissive. Many innovators—including, most notably, Google—use commercial licenses, with a broad range of terms. 

Java embraced choice, with three different licensing alternatives, including a freely deployed open source license, and a commercial license designed to maintain interoperability. And it turns out that nobody except Google found it necessary to steal despite Java’s enormous popularity. It is not in dispute in this matter that Google destroyed Java interoperability so it is unbelievable that many of its amici take the position that Google needs to prevail in order to protect interoperability.

The other theme we see is this idea of a “convenience exception” to copyright. This concept sets up the bizarre sliding scale that the more popular software is the less copyright protection it deserves because copyright is somehow inconvenient. We do not dispute the premise that theft is convenient, but that also turns intellectual property protection on its head. And Google’s argument really boils down to the position that it verbatim copied over 11,000 lines of Java software because it would be more convenient for developers.

As we have stated, Google is an advertising company, think Don Draper, not da Vinci. Its advertising machine feeds off the data and content of others, so copyright is truly anathema to its business model. It has spent the last couple of decades curating an environment to undermine copyright and to advance its advertising interests. And while Google is entitled to its views, its views are primarily that of an advertising company not an innovator.

Google’s self-promoting world view continues to be largely unsuccessful in the policy arena because most policy makers see Google for what it is. In dozens of Congressional hearings since the Copyright Act was expressly amended to include software, we cannot find a single instance where Google’s position in this litigation—parsing some software code which is copyrightable from other code that isn’t—was seriously debated. 

Our own amici, including the recently retired Chairmen of the bicameral Judiciary Committees, state that no proposals to limit copyright protections for software were ever given consideration in Congress. In fact, we are not even sure that in the decade this litigation has been pending Google has even made this argument before Congress. The reason Google fails to make headway is because its position on copyright is anathema to the consensus, and its support is largely manufactured. So, Google now asks the Supreme Court to legislate in order to overcome its failed advocacy and to change the law to provide post hoc justification for its infringement.

Google has mastered the art of curating an atmosphere to support its views, spending well over $100 million over the past decade to create its echo-chamber. While Google’s approach is generally well understood, this case is the first time its artificial ecosystem was brought to bear at the Supreme Court, so we thought a little sunshine would help along the way.

We will admit to surprise when we saw the headline that 26 briefs were filed on Google’s behalf. Google attempted to create a narrative that tech supports Google’s position, and we already made the point that tech is clearly not supporting Google’s views.

From the titles of its briefs, one might also get the impression that there is a broad community of interests supporting Google. Upon closer inspection, it appears that Google’s overall support is far weaker than it appears, and the purported controversy is far less pronounced.

In summary, out of 26 briefs, we found:

  • 7 briefs representing 13 entities that received “substantial contributions” from Google;

  • 8 briefs filed by entities or individuals that have financial ties to Google through grants, dues, cy pres settlement proceeds or employment of individual amici;

  • 2 briefs filed by companies with a clear commercial interest in Google prevailing;

  • 1 brief filed by several former U.S. government employees all of whom worked for a small government agency run by a former Google executive, despite the U.S. government itself filing a brief in favor of Oracle;

  • 4 separate briefs representing a total of 7 individuals;

  • A few other briefs where Google financial ties are likely;

  • 1 brief submitted by a serial copyright infringer repeatedly sanctioned by the Courts;

What masqueraded as a mass show of support for Google, may not be much more than an exercise in transactional interests.

Let’s dig into Google’s 26 briefs.

In a prior post, we discussed the interests of Microsoft and IBM. We pointed out that Microsoft and IBM are commercial competitors with a clear commercial interest in the outcome of this case. We highlighted Microsoft’s efforts to undermine Java, and IBM’s efforts to acquire Java.  We made the point that Microsoft previously filed on Oracle’s behalf on the question of copyrightability. And we pointed out that despite IBM’s vast legal resources, it has been completely silent on this case for a decade until now. Importantly, we made clear that Microsoft and IBM do not speak for tech as evidenced by the deafening silence from Silicon Valley and the fact that not a single brief from the other 98 of the Top 100 tech companies was filed.

That leaves us with 24 other Google amici.

Like many companies, Google publishes a “list of politically-engaged trade associations, independent third-party organizations and other tax-exempt groups that receive the most substantial contributions (emphasis added)” from Google.

So, which of its amici received “the most substantial contributions” from Google?

Brief of Center for Democracy and Technology, et al

According to Google’s transparency page, Google provides “substantial contributions” to all four of the organizations that submitted this brief, including the Institute for Intellectual Property & Social Justice, and the National Consumers League.[1] CDT, in particular, has a “special relationship” with Google; in addition to direct funding, there has been a revolving door between Google and CDT’s employees and “Advisory Council.”[2] Since 2008, CDT has been one of many “public interest” organizations that host “Google Policy Fellows,” undergraduate, graduate and law students paid by Google and deployed in external advocacy groups to work on policy issues important to the company.[3]

Brief of Computer & Communications Industry Association and Internet Association

According to its transparency page, Google provides “substantial contributions” to both the Computer & Communications Industry Association and Internet Association.[4]

Brief of Electronic Frontier Foundation

In 2011, Google gave Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) $1 million as part of the cy pres settlement related to privacy complaints about its Google Buzz app.[5] EFF continues to receive “substantial contributions” from Google,[6] and like CDT, EFF enjoys a “special relationship” with Google involving the EFF Board and Google-tied individuals -- a revolving door with employees. EFF has also utilized Google-funded fellows as employees since 2008.[7]

Brief of The American Library Association, et al

The American Library Association receives “substantial contributions” from Google.[8]

Brief of R Street Institute, et al

All three groups that signed this brief, R Street Institute, Public Knowledge, and Niskanen Center, receive “substantial contributions” from Google.[9] The Niskanen Center disclosed on its website that it received $100,000 from Google in January 2020, the same month the brief was filed.[10]

Brief of Engine Advocacy

Engine Advocacy was created by Google employees working out of the company’s Mountain View, California, headquarters.[11] The group continues to receive “substantial contributions” from Google.[12]

Brief of American Antitrust Institute

According to Google’s transparency page, the American Antitrust Institute receives “substantial contributions” from Google.[13]

So, we have 7 briefs coming from 13 organizations that receive “substantial contributions” from Google.

That brings us to 17 amici remaining.

Brief of Small, Medium, and Open Source Technology Organizations

Google has financial relationships with many of the organizations that signed this brief.  Google paid Mozilla an undisclosed sum—thought to be in the hundreds of millions—to make Google the default search engine in Mozilla’s Firefox browser.[14] Google Ventures was part of a $160 million funding round of Cloudera in 2014.[15] Google provides direct financial support to Creative Commons, the Software Freedom Conservancy, and the Wikimedia Foundation.[16] Open Source Initiative President Molly de Blanc works at the Gnome Foundation, which counts Google as a supporter.[17]

Brief of Python Software Foundation, et al

Both the Python Software Foundation and Tidelift, another signatory to this brief, list Google among their financial sponsors.[18]

Brief of Eighty-Three Computer Scientists

Ten of the amici who signed this brief—Doug Lea, John Ousterhout, Martin Odersky, Andries van Dam, Aviel D. Rubin, David Clark, Jan Vitek, Dan Wallach, David Patterson, Harold “Hal” Abelson—received direct financial support from Google in the form of academic research awards.[19] Another 19 are employed by Google or by organizations that have a financial relationship with Google.

Brief of Seventy-Two Intellectual Property Scholars

Five of the scholars who signed this brief—Anupam Chander, Jorge L. Contreras, Michael A. Carrier, Paul J. Heald, and Peter DiCola—acknowledge financial support from Google in their academic work.[20] Two other signatories, Pamela Samuelson and Jennifer M. Urban, work for academic institutes that have received hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial support from Google through cy pres settlements.[21]

Brief of Software Innovators, Startups, and Investors

Belying its name, this brief is submitted on behalf of two individuals, Esther Dyson and Tim O’Reilly and two entities, Azavea and Foundry Group.

In 2008, amicus Esther Dyson wrote, “I have a complex relationship with Google. I have fed at its trough many times.”[22]

Foundry Group co-founder Brad Feld invested in several companies acquired by Google, and Tim O'Reilly was an early investor in Blogger, which was sold to Google.[23]

Brief of Developers Alliance

Google is a member of the Developers Alliance, which charges dues to its corporate members.[24]

Brief of Professors Peter S. Menell, et al

Professor Menell is the co-founder of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, which received $700,000 in 2012 from Google as part of a cy pres settlement in a lawsuit over privacy complaints related to its Google Buzz app. Google is also a corporate benefactor of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.[25] Another author of this brief, Shyamkrishna Balganesh, is the co-director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Technology Innovation & Competition, which receives funding from Google.[26]

Brief of Copyright Scholars

Importantly, these seventeen scholars “express no opinion” on whether the code at issue in this case is copyrightable and limit their input to fair use.

Three signatories to this brief, Patricia Aufderheide, Aram Sinnreich, and Madhavi Sunder, have co-authored papers with individuals who received direct financial support from Google.[27] A fourth signer, Peter Jaszi, is the founder of the Digital Future Coalition, which includes many Google beneficiaries among its members.[28]

And then there were 9 briefs without a known or public financial connection to Google.

Brief of Software and System Developers and Engineers for United States Government Agencies

When the Supreme Court of the United States seeks the views of the Solicitor General with a Call for the Views of the Solicitor General (CVSG), it kicks off an extensive interagency process within the United States Government (USG). Agencies conduct meetings with parties and ultimately make recommendations to the Solicitor General, which are then consolidated and presented as a brief to the Court.

In this matter, twice the Supreme Court issued a CVSG and twice the USG conducted an extensive process and twice, once in 2015 (Obama Administration) and again in 2019 (Trump Administration) the Solicitor General sided with Oracle. This process included all government agencies, but particularly the Copyright Office, the Patent and Trademark Office, the United States Trade Representative, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, as well as all government agencies that procure technology. In each case, the views of each of these Departments and Agencies were not controversial and in favor of Oracle.

This brief’s title is highly misleading because it is filed by former representatives of a single government entity, the United States Digital Service (USDS). There is not a single Agency Chief Information Officer or Chief Technology Officer on the brief. And, most importantly, the United States Digital Service is run by long-time Google executive, Matt Cutts, who left Google in 2017.

This group of temporary government employees clearly not representing the U.S. Government makes the remarkable statement that affirming Oracle’s view would “create calamity.”

Brief of the Software Freedom Law Center

Oracle too has supported the Software Freedom Law Center for legal work supporting open source and while we have respect for the work they do, we cannot imagine a scenario where Google is not providing funding.

With eight briefs left we have four briefs representing a total of seven people, and while we fully respect their views, they are essentially seven interested individuals.

Brief of Civ Pro, IP & Legal History Professors

It is title titled “Civ Pro, IP and History professors” because there are only three (3) of them on the brief and only one focused on IP. Another of the professors recently wrote a paper on “How Duncan Kennedy Caught the Hierarchy Zeitgeist but Missed the Point.”

Brief Empirical Legal Researchers

This brief purports to represent two (2) empirical legal researchers.

Brief amici curiae of Michael Risch

Mr. Risch writes on behalf of himself.

Brief amici curiae of Professor Glynn Lunney

Professor Lunney writes on behalf of himself.

We saved the best for last.

Brief amici curiae of Rimini Street, Inc.

The Rimini brief is particularly stunning in that nowhere in the statement of interest of the amici does Rimini bother to mention that it has been repeatedly found in violation of Oracle’s copyrights by court after court.

Rimini engaged in a massive theft of Oracle's IP and tried to cover it up by destroying evidence and engaging in other litigation misconduct to cover up their illegal acts. The Federal District Court made this clear: “Rimini’s business model was built entirely on its infringement of Oracle’s copyrighted software and its improper access and downloading of data from Oracle’s website and computer systems.” Despite efforts by their executives to obfuscate their conduct, Rimini’s illegal activities were repeatedly identified by both judge and jury and are the subject of an ongoing federal criminal investigation. Courts have identified Rimini as a dishonest, serial infringer and have ordered a permanent injuction against Rimini to cease its unlawful conduct, and to pay Oracle nearly $100 million in damages. 

We are not sure Rimini is exactly the character witness Google wants on its side.

So, out of 26 briefs, we are left with 2 which purport to represent a meaningful category of interests without any apparent financial or business connection to Google:

Brief amici curiae of the Retail Litigation Center

Brief amici curia of the Auto Care Association and Static Control Components, Inc.

So we are not accused of throwing stones ourselves, Oracle was incredibly appreciative from the show of support we received from 32 amicus briefs filed on our behalf. As we openly and transparently disclose, Oracle tries to support organizations that share our views. As a result, 6 of the amici who filed on our behalf have received some financial support from Oracle.  However, under no circumstances would we consider that support “substantial” or material, and in no circumstance do we exercise any financial or decision-making control over any of the amici who filed on this matter. And finally, in no circumstance did we request the submitting entity file a brief on our behalf.

[2]  “How Google’s Backing of Backpage Protects Child Sex Trafficking,” by Consumer Watchdog, et al, https://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/backpagereport.pdf

[3] Ibid.

[7] “How Google’s Backing of Backpage Protects Child Sex Trafficking,” by Consumer Watchdog, et al, https://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/backpagereport.pdf

[22] https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/big-brother-google?

Women’s History Month at Oracle: Leor Chechik on Inclusivity and Engineering

Fri, 2020-03-06 07:00
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Women’s History Month at Oracle: Leor Chechik on Inclusivity and Engineering

By Oracle—Mar 6, 2020

This month at Oracle we’re celebrating the women who have shaped our lives, our communities, our workplaces, our neighborhoods, and our society. Hear from our employees, partners, and customers and share your own story on social media by using the #HerStory hashtag and tagging @Oracle.

Leor Chechik

Leor Chechik is a Director of Technical Programs at Oracle. She is an experienced principal software engineer and a founding member of the Oracle Women Leadership Tech community. Leor is focused on building technical initiatives that encourage underrepresented groups to pursue careers in engineering and programs for engineers at Oracle.

Tell us about your job. Where did your passion for building inclusive engineering teams start?

As a student, I was a student representative for software engineering and active in many affiliate groups (women in engineering, etc.). I did my undergraduate in Scotland, and our class started out with a pretty balanced gender ratio, but towards my third and fourth year, more and more women dropped out of computer science to pursue other disciplines. In grad school, I again saw a very dramatic decrease in women completing their degrees. When I started working, I was the only woman on a team of 20 guys—so I really knew it was important to take that step to make connections. It was almost selfish—I wanted to have someone to have lunch with.

What do you love about what you do?

It’s really rewarding seeing young women grow and develop in their careers over time.

Who has inspired you on your journey?

Olya Irzak. She started out as a software engineer at a big company but her passion has always been climate change. She’s the first person I’ve met who is committing her life to real, actionable change.

Olya took a big risk by leaving the comfort of her big company job to start her own company called Frost Methane Labs. She put together a team of engineers, and they work with research partners to identify natural sources of methane gas. They developed a self-sustaining device that mitigates concentrated methane leaking from Arctic natural gas reservoirs.

What’s your biggest takeaway from Olya?

She taught me about the benefits that come when we take a risk in pursuit of our passions. We have a lot of super-talented technical women. It’s really about building up the confidence to take that leap or even small step to follow your dream. It’s also the confidence to say, “I don’t know how to do this.” She identified where she had gaps and was able to build out a team that truly complemented each other’s strengths—and ultimately, she was able to create better solutions because of that humility.

The theme for International Women's Day is “Let’s all be each for equal,” a call to create a more gender-balanced world. What does this mean to you?

Actually, my kids started asking me about this topic this year. I have a son and a daughter. My son recently asked me why girls’ t-shirts had these empowering slogans like “Girls can do anything!” and he didn’t see boys’ t-shirts like that. It was interesting to walk through some of women’s history with my 6-year-old to explain that, "Hey, girls haven’t always been told that they could do anything. The world hasn’t always been this full of possibility for women." It was interesting that he had to ask—because he hadn’t noticed an obvious difference. For the next generation, it just doesn’t make sense why people would be treated any different. So that’s what it’s about—that point where you don’t need explain it.

How do you spend your time outside of work?

I have two little kids so they definitely take up a good chunk of my time. I also practice karate. I’m involved even in karate club at the Oracle gym! Other than that, I enjoy the Bay Area and take advantage of all the hiking and good food around.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

My goodness—the Oracle 300 Bakery. They make unique pastries every day, and I can’t resist them, especially if there’s something with marshmallow or mousse.

What makes Oracle a great place to work?

I enjoy the flexibility we have—more so than other companies I’ve seen around. As an engineer, it’s up to you. Some people love working late at night or early morning, and when your priorities change, you can plan your time in a way that works for you. I’ve also been really lucky to work on some incredible teams. It’s the people that make it!

What are trends you see in tech and what do they mean for women?

The trend for young engineers entering the workforce is that a lot of them care about giving back to the community through technology. They’re looking for projects around sustainability and education.

If you could share only one bit of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

One thing no one told me is that engineering is one of the best careers for a mom. When I was thinking about careers, I was taking lots of factors into account, and I always knew I wanted a family. Engineering gives you a lot of flexibility and portability. You can do things on your own timeline and in the location that is best for you. When my son was really young, I asked him what my job was and he said, “To take care of me and my sister.” And I was like, “That’s it, I’ve won! I have a full-time job and I’m a full-time mom.”

If you’d like to learn more about how Oracle women lead the way at work and in the world, visit Women at Oracle online. You can also view our diversity and inclusion community.

Hotels Maximize Event Revenue Potential with Oracle

Wed, 2020-03-04 07:00
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Hotels Maximize Event Revenue Potential with Oracle From intimate weddings to large conferences, event planning and execution can be managed seamlessly in the cloud

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.—Mar 4, 2020

Event space rentals, planning and catering are critical to maximizing hotel revenue, but they are often managed  by hotel sales and operations working in silos, creating inefficiencies and missed opportunities. With OPERA Sales and Event Management in the cloud, Oracle Hospitality is helping properties increase their event revenue by optimizing inventory, bookings, streamlining logistics and delighting hosts with standout execution.

Oracle Hospitality OPERA Sales and Event Management Cloud Service (Oracle Hospitality OSEM) is a feature-rich sales and catering management application. Integrated with Oracle Hospitality OPERA Cloud Service, the offering is compliant across more than 200 countries and built on the Oracle Gen 2 Cloud for organizations committed to assuring high performance, security, reliability, and availability for their most important business applications. With it, hotels across the globe are able to easily streamline operations, increase communication and cooperation across departments, and respond faster to customers.

“Whether they’re booking a corporate function or planning a personal occasion, today’s meeting planners and guests expect the same seamless experience and speed of service from hotel sales teams that they’ve come to expect in every other aspect of their lives,” said Laura Calin, vice president of strategy, Oracle Hospitality. “Shifting sales and event management to the cloud gives hotel sales staff the agility and visibility to provide a better experience for customers while simplifying time-consuming back-office processes.”


The user-defined dashboard provides a quick overview and access points to groups, events and activities of the day.

With Oracle Hospitality OSEM in the cloud, hotels have a single view of all event booking details and revenue across rooms and event spaces for easier audit and analysis. With this, they can eliminate extra time spent on duplicate data entries into the property management system and allow hotels to realize operational efficiencies through increased productivity. It also allows for external API integrations to help hoteliers complete e-proposals and countless other applications.

Hotel event and catering managers also have the freedom to do business from anywhere at any time. They can take Oracle Hospitality OSEM with them to offsite customer visits or roam the property with prospects and event hosts during site inspections. They are also able to easily share available space options and setups, as well as check available inventory, create a room block, and make changes to or complete bookings, all while on the go.

Hotels such as the Inn at Serenbe, Banff Park Lodge and The University Plaza Waterfront Hotel are among some of the early adopters already using Oracle Hospitality OSEM to better serve guests and groups.

Banff Park Lodge Breaks Free from Mundane Tasks to Secure More Bookings

Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre is an international destination offering 19,000 square feet of conference space with 18 different room combinations ranging from boardrooms to ballrooms. After going live with OPERA Cloud, Banff Park added Oracle Hospitality OSEM in December 2019 to minimize administrative and manual work, allowing sales staff to break free from data entry and get out from behind their desks to serve clients and secure more bookings.

“Now that we are live, our sales and events teams are no longer tasked with having to spend hours a day on manual data entry. And because OSEM is cloud based, we can access and more broadly share the Banff Park Lodge property anywhere via a mobile device,” said David Spence, director of sales and marketing at Banff Park Lodge. “The future is truly exciting as we are now running on a secure platform that will never just sit on a shelf. With automatic updates via the cloud, we are able to continuously evolve to meet the changing needs of our clients and guests.”

Single Source of Information Streamlines Operations at University Plaza Waterfront Hotel

With panoramic views of the city and the California Delta, The University Plaza Waterfront Hotel offers its guests luxurious accommodations with 15,000 square feet of meeting space, all conveniently located in the heart of the historic district of downtown Stockton. Being forced to move off its multiple legacy systems in under 90 days, University Plaza Waterfront turned to Oracle Hospitality to rapidly migrate to OPERA Cloud and Oracle Hospitality OSEM. After a successful implementation, the property was up and running in December 2019. The move is already paying dividends by giving front desk and sales staff access to the same real-time information from one system.

“Previously we were tied to four separate systems that didn’t speak to each other. It was a nightmare for staff to try to access real-time information because it just didn’t exist. Our front desk staff had no visibility into what was going on with events and vice versa,” said Rhona Miles, general manager, The University Plaza Waterfront Hotel. “Now that we are live on one, central system in the cloud our entire staff has visibility into everything from sales to front desk to reservations and housekeeping.” 

Learn more about Oracle Hospitality OPERA Sales and Event Management Cloud Service here.

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Oracle Hospitality brings over 40 years of experience in providing technology solutions to independent hoteliers, global and regional chains, gaming, and cruise lines. We provide hardware, software, and services that allow our customers to act on rich data insights that deliver personalized guest experiences, maximize profitability and encourage long-term loyalty. Our solutions include platforms for property management, point-of-sale, distribution, reporting and analytics all delivered from the cloud to lower IT cost and maximize business agility. Oracle Hospitality’s OPERA is recognized globally as the leading property management platform and continues to serve as a foundation for industry innovation. 

For more information about Oracle Hospitality, please visit www.oracle.com/Hospitality 

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Small Restaurants Take A Bite Out of Costs with Oracle MICROS

Tue, 2020-03-03 07:00
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Small Restaurants Take A Bite Out of Costs with Oracle MICROS New point-of-sale suite meets the service needs of small businesses

FOOD & BEVERAGE CONNECT, Miami, Florida—Mar 3, 2020

For restaurant owners and entrepreneurs, great food alone is not enough. With constantly changing consumer tastes and food prices, it is difficult to control cost and protect margins. With the new Oracle Food and Beverage MICROS and Simphony Point-of-Sale (POS) systems, designed for small and growing businesses, restaurant operators gain the intelligence needed to make fast, cost-conscious decisions on everything from menus to staffing—while providing a seamless guest experience.

With dependability and reliability at the core, the Oracle MICROS Workstation 6 Series can scale with restaurants from start-up to rapid-scale. The systems are stylish, yet rugged enough to exceed the typical performance of consumer-grade devices, all at a price point small business can afford. The 6 series features fast configuration, and includes advanced security features like disabling unused input/output (I/O) ports. They also can run on batteries, providing additional flexibility and longevity.

“Although there are common challenges and needs that thread through each restaurant environment, every brand is unique. The technology solutions we deliver are as diverse as the customers we serve and are designed solutions to support current and future aspirations,” said Simon de Montfort Walker, senior vice president and general manager for Oracle Food and Beverage. “We are invested in building solutions for the growing restaurant business because the technology they choose today will impact their ability to achieve their growth goals tomorrow.”

New York Burger is proof of the power and scalability of the MICROS platform. “As the business grew, we found our existing solution was not up to the challenge, and inefficiencies meant our customers were kept waiting,” said Pablo Colmenares, founder, New York Burger. “Oracle has definitely helped us to streamline our operations. It is simple and fast to use, and utilizing the product helped us become a smarter business. Oracle has a great global reputation; there is a reason why the biggest brands in the world trust Oracle. Every strong tree needs strong roots and Oracle is our roots.”

Designed to work seamlessly with the latest release of Oracle MICROS Simphony, small restaurant business owners can cost-effectively leverage one of the most intelligently designed and fully integrated POS solutions on the market, to establish a foundation for growth.

Learn more about the latest innovations in POS and how Oracle Food and Beverage is designing solutions to help businesses reach their growth potential: https://www.oracle.com/industries/food-beverage/

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Oracle Food and Beverage, formerly MICROS, brings 40 years of experience in providing software and hardware solutions to restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs, coffee shops, cafes, stadiums, and theme parks. Thousands of operators, both large and small, around the world are using Oracle technology to deliver exceptional guest experiences, maximize sales, and reduce running costs.

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Restaurants Serve Up Agility and Reliability with New Oracle Tech

Tue, 2020-03-03 07:00
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Restaurants Serve Up Agility and Reliability with New Oracle Tech Oracle MICROS point-of-sale systems delivers modern, easy experience to restaurant owners, staff, and customers alike

FOOD & BEVERAGE CONNECT, Miami, Florida—Mar 3, 2020

The food and beverage industry is constantly challenged to meet changing demands without impacting great service. Some of these businesses need the flexibility to field a pop-up shop or food truck to extend their brands, while others must speed the ordering process to cut customer wait times. To help meet all these needs and more Oracle unveiled its new MICROS Workstation 625 and 655 Point-Of-Sale (POS) systems today at Oracle Food and Beverage Connect.

No matter if it’s a fast-casual, fine-dining or stadium setting, the hardware offers key enhancements for optimal performance, efficiency and self-service. For example, the systems feature a larger non-glare screen for improved performance in bright locations and more expedient, error-free order entry; simplified employee sign-in for improved management and reporting; tamper detection for greater physical security; and reduced power requirements for longer device usage without charging. The systems also offers an enhanced speaker design for digital KIOSKs to improve the self-ordering experience for customers.

“Successful restaurant businesses live in constant motion and are always poised for change,” said Simon de Montfort Walker, senior vice president and general manager for Oracle Food and Beverage. “Our technology is purpose-built for the unpredictable restaurant environment; not just day-to-day complexities but the challenges associated with growing a successful business.”

The new Workstation models are built upon a heritage of performance, reliability and longevity—for even the harshest environments. The MICROS hardware and Simphony point-of-sale software operate with a consistent interface, features and functionality ensuring a seamless experience for all stakeholders throughout a venue. This enables restaurant owners to optimize performance, streamline operations, reduce costs, and increase revenue-generating opportunities while improving the overall customer experience.

“Increasing market pressures, sweeping regulations, and changes in consumer expectations for experiential hospitality call for the industry to act in innovative ways that meet rising expectations, improve outcomes, and deliver value,” said Leslie Hand, global vice president, IDC Retail Insights. “The technology decisions made today must consider the future state of the business so that when the next wave of disruption comes, they have a strong infrastructure from which to build and continue to innovate on.”

These next generation of Oracle MICROS Workstations are one of the innovations Oracle is bringing to market to help customers simplify operations, establish a platform for growth, and create unique and engaging brand experiences for their guests.

Oracle also announced today, the latest release of the Oracle MICROS Simphony point-of-sale, which supports the new Oracle Linux for MICROS workstations—allowing operators the flexibility to choose between appliance-like, lower-cost, built for purpose hardware or an adaptable, open architecture that can be molded into any environment. 

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About Oracle Food and Beverage

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Growing Fashion Retailer Taps Oracle to Increase Focus on Customers

Mon, 2020-03-02 08:00
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Growing Fashion Retailer Taps Oracle to Increase Focus on Customers Sportina uses Oracle Retail to boost customer service while driving operational efficiency

Redwood Shores,Calif.—Mar 2, 2020

Sportina, a leading fashion retailer in southeast Europe is using Oracle Retail to modernize its operations and better serve customers, however they chose to shop. Sportina curates fashion collections for women, men, and children across 90 brands, including Hugo Boss, Burberry, Dsquared, Superdry, Tom Tailor, Jack&Jones and Marx in more than 350 stores across 11 countries. With Oracle, Sportina was able to standardize its diverse business on a modern retail technology platform to break down barriers between geographies and brands to optimize inventory availability for customers.  

“Sportina Group supports a range of different business models, including our own brand, multi-brand, franchise, and wholesale. In order to support this complexity, we recognized the need to centralize and consolidate our planning processes to deliver transparency,” Miha Rozman, head of controlling, Sportina. “Sportina is an efficient and fast-moving fashion retailer. We chose Oracle to improve efficiency and increase productivity. Most importantly, this modernization allowed us to design a new planning process that places the customer at the center of our operations from the strategic vision through the planning to execution.”

Today, Sportina segments its portfolio brands into five segments including luxury, premium, core, entry and casual. The segmentation respects customers’ individual style, preference and uniqueness while evoking passion, creativity, and fun by delivering relevant offers that drive loyalty. By delivering what a consumer wants, Sportina can avoid markdowns and increase gross margin. With full visibility to inventory availability across all channels, the Sportina team can decrease transfer costs and increase stock rotation.

“Culturally, we are an organization driven by the entrepreneurial spirit. Through our collaborative initiative with Oracle, we were able to outline the responsibilities, accountability, and ownership across the business and design a platform that supported and optimized each. With the modernization, we gained full stock availability throughout all channels,” said David Rezar, head of merchandise planning, Sportina. “We have increased the stock rotation and decreased transfer costs by implementing an initial and replenishment order split.”

Working with Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) member Pronos, Sportina implemented Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning in 16 weeks. This was followed by an implementation of an Oracle Retail Lifecycle Inventory Planning framework designed by Oracle Retail Consulting in under eight months. Pronos provided broad mutli-branded fashion implementation experience. Next, Pronos will continue to support Sportina on their digital transformation with the implementation of Oracle Retail Offer Optimization.

“Convenience is king for customers. They want to go online or in a store and get what they are looking for quickly,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president, and general manager, Oracle Retail. “To deliver on this, brands must put customers at the center of their planning process. This means ensuring the right inventory is moved to the right locations to appeal to customer interests and needs. With Oracle, Sportina has been able to reimagine this entire process to improve both business efficiency and customer outcomes.”

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Hotels Worldwide Check Into Cloud with Oracle

Thu, 2020-02-27 07:00
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Hotels Worldwide Check Into Cloud with Oracle Global hotel brands embrace Oracle Cloud Hospitality Solutions to modernize operations

Redwood Shores,Calif.—Feb 27, 2020

Banff Park Lodge

Hoteliers know they must deliver exceptional experiences to keep guests happy and loyal. To do so, hospitality brands are choosing Oracle Hospitality OPERA Cloud services to personalize guest experiences, offer new and innovative services and empower staff to provide guests with high-touch customer service anytime, anywhere.  

B Hotel Brasília, Banff Park Lodge, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Guy Harvey Resort, Iconic Hotels, Manquehue Hotels, Post Hotel Weggis, Albana Hotel & Suites, Hotel Graziella, Hotel Mesikämmen, Mӧvenpick Resort, SantaPark Arctic World, SSA Spot Apartments, The Inn at Serenbe, and The University Plaza Waterfront are among the many hotels around the world that have adopted OPERA Cloud. With it, they are able to streamline and secure operations, reduce IT costs and complexity, innovate faster, and untether front desk staff to better serve guests from anywhere on property.

Built on the Oracle Gen 2 Cloud for organizations committed to assuring high performance, security, reliability, and availability for their most important business applications, OPERA Cloud is a mobile-enabled, cloud-based platform for next-generation hotel property management. It delivers an intuitive user interface, comprehensive functionality for all areas of hotel management, secure data storage, automated patching and upgrades, and access to hundreds of key partner interfaces through its open APIs to meet the needs of hotels of all types and sizes.

“Guest expectations are morphing quickly and the cloud allows hoteliers to accelerate the pace of innovation to keep up with these changes,” said Laura Calin, vice president strategy and solutions management, Oracle Hospitality. “Our customers are realizing the benefits of the cloud and already are taking advantage of OPERA’s open architecture to create unique guest experiences and rethink all the ways they can deliver amazing guest services.”

OPERA Cloud Levels the Playing Field for Banff Park Lodge

For an independent property like Banff Park Lodge, nestled in the pristine mecca of the Canadian Rockies, hotel life is beautiful but busy. You name it, the lodge does it: Conferences. Weddings. Functions. Trade shows. In December 2019, the hotel went live on OPERA Cloud to offload critical IT tasks and concerns, and focus on what matters most: delivering exceptional service to its guests.

“The challenge for us is, we have to do everything a larger operator or chain does, but we have to do it with far less people, far less money and far less expertise,” said Steven Schultz, director of rooms, Banff Park Lodge. “For us, anything we can essentially offload—or load into the cloud—is a big win. We can offload our exposure, our hardware. We don’t have to worry about maintaining large server banks. We can get all that off our plate.”

SSA Spot Apartments Focuses on Self-Service with OPERA Cloud

Finland’s SSA Spot Apartments offers simple online booking and 120 comfortably furnished rooms in seven locations in the Helsinki area. To make its self-service business model a success, Spot turned to OPERA Cloud in October 2019 to gain complete visibility across its entire operations. OPERA’s key benefits such as centralized control of information and operations, elimination of on-site servers, and reduction of IT costs and complexity began yielding dividends immediately.

“Our management and data-reliant departments such as accounting are loving OPERA Cloud because it allows them to clearly see what’s going on and how the business is evolving,” said Jani Liljavirta, revenue manager, SSA Hotels. “With OPERA, we’re managing everything centrally, and our business model matches our infrastructure.”

OPERA Cloud Empowers Faster Service for Saint Augustine’s Guy Harvey Resort

Drawing vacationers from across the Southeast, Guy Harvey Resort in Saint Augustine Beach, Florida offers guests unforgettable experiences like dolphin tours alongside on-site food and beverage options and spectacular ocean views. With a long history of partnership with Oracle, Guy Harvey Group went live on OPERA Cloud in November 2019 to enhance security and tackle growing IT complexity. Following success in Saint Augustine, the hotel has already set plans for a second property rollout.

“We’re able to run quicker with OPERA Cloud,” said Larry Collier, director of operations, Guy Harvey Group. “From check-ins to managing room blocks, our staff is able to move more efficiently. The intuitive user interface made our front-of-house staff eager to jump on board and moving to the cloud has helped us manage growing complexity as we move to keep pace with travelers’ expectations.”

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Oracle Hospitality brings over 40 years of experience in providing technology solutions to independent hoteliers, global and regional chains, gaming, and cruise lines. We provide hardware, software, and services that allow our customers to act on rich data insights that deliver personalized guest experiences, maximize profitability and encourage long-term loyalty. Our solutions include platforms for property management, point-of-sale, distribution, reporting and analytics all delivered from the cloud to lower IT cost and maximize business agility. Oracle Hospitality’s OPERA is recognized globally as the leading property management platform and continues to serve as a foundation for industry innovation. 

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We Are so Appreciative for the Show of Support!

Thu, 2020-02-20 05:00
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We Are so Appreciative for the Show of Support!

Ken Glueck, Executive Vice President, Oracle—Feb 20, 2020

NOTE: Before we turn to the more than 30 amicus briefs filed in support of Oracle at the Supreme Court, we are obligated to highlight the conduct of Google’s head of Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, Kent Walker. Over the past few months, Walker led a coercion campaign against companies and organizations that were likely to file on Oracle’s behalf to persuade them to stay silent.  We are aware of more than half a dozen contacts by Mr. Walker (or his representatives) to likely amici, but we probably only heard of a small piece of his efforts.

In our previous posts we detailed the facts in Google v. Oracle: Google copied verbatim 11,000 lines of Java code and then broke Java’s interoperability. We explained that Google knew fully that the Java code was subject to copyright but decided to copy it anyway and “make enemies along the way.”  We discussed IBM’s Jailbreak initiative, which was aborted because everyone understood—including Google and IBM—that Sun’s code was subject to a copyright license. 

We explained how there was never any confusion in the industry about how copyright was applied to software and no contemporaneous discussion whatsoever distinguishing between some code that’s copyrightable and other code that isn’t. All of this parsing of code was invented after the fact by Google. We discussed the impossibility of the Supreme Court drawing lines between some code and not other code (on a case-by-case basis), without undermining copyright protection for all computer programs, which is exactly Google’s intent. Lastly, we explained that Google’s business model is predicated on monetizing the content of others so its economic interests are correlated to weak intellectual property protection. And that is exactly why most members of the technology community declined to file briefs on Google’s behalf. 

More than 30 businesses, organizations, and individuals filed amicus briefs with the Supreme Court. The numerous amicus briefs filed on our behalf largely reflect actual owners of copyrights that have a direct stake in the outcome of this matter, and I wanted to highlight a few of them here. Most importantly, the totality of the briefs make an overwhelming case for the court to reject Google’s attempt to retroactively carve itself out of the law.

To start, the United States Solicitor General filed a brief in support of Oracle on behalf of the United States Government. The Solicitor General’s office will also participate in oral arguments before the Supreme Court, making clear that longstanding U.S. intellectual property policy is fundamentally at odds with Google’s position. It’s really hard to overstate how strong the Solicitor General’s brief is on Oracle’s behalf.  For example, the SG states “Contrary to [Google]’s contention, the Copyright Office has never endorsed the kind of copying in which [Google] engaged." … "[Google] declined to take [the open source] or any other license, despite 'lengthy licensing negotiations' with [Oracle].  Instead, [Google] simply appropriated the material it wanted." And, “[T]he fair use doctrine does not permit a new market entrant to copy valuable parts of an established work simply to attract fans to its own competing commercial product. To the contrary, copying ‘to get attention or to avoid the drudgery in working up something fresh’ actively disserves copyright’s goals.”

“[Google’s] approach [to copyrightability] is especially misguided because the particular post-creation changed circumstance on which it relies—i.e., developers’ acquired familiarity with the calls used to invoke various methods in the Java Standard Library—is a direct result of the Library’s marketplace success.” The SG continued, “Google designed its Android platform in a manner that made it incompatible with the Java platform. Pet. App. 46a n.11. Petitioner thus is not seeking to ensure that its new products are compatible with a ‘legacy product’ (Pet. Br. 26). Petitioner instead created a competing platform and copied thousands of lines of code from the Java Standard Library in order to attract software developers familiar with respondent’s work.”

And the SG stated, “The court of appeals correctly held that petitioner’s verbatim copying of respondent’s original computer code into a competing commercial product was not fair use.” Lastly, “the record contained  ‘overwhelming’  evidence that petitioner’s copying harmed the market for the Java platform.”

A brief by several songwriters and the Songwriters Guild explains that much like Oracle’s Java software, a large portion of music streams on YouTube are misappropriated for the good of Google and Google alone—“Through YouTube, Google profits directly from verbatim copies of Amici’s own works. These copies are unauthorized, unlicensed, and severely under-monetized.”

A brief filed by Recording Industry Association of America, National Music Publishers Association, and the American Association of Independent Music makes clear that its “members depend on an appropriately balanced fair use doctrine that furthers the purposes of copyright law, including the rights to control the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted works, to create derivative works, and to license the creation of derivative works.”

Briefs were filed expressing similar concerns from a broad spectrum of the creative community, including journalists, book publishers, photographers, authors, and the motion picture industry. Google’s attempts to retroactively justify a clear act of infringement with novel theories of software copyright and fair use have alarmed nearly every segment of the artistic and creative community.

Another amicus brief from the News Media Alliance (over 2,000 news media organizations), explains how Google Search, Google News and other online platforms appropriate vast quantities of its members’ journalistic output, and reproduces it to displace the original creative content. They point out that, as journalists, they often sit on both sides of the “fair use” defense, but warn that they “cannot stand silent when entire digital industries are built, and technology companies seek to achieve and maintain dominance, by the overly aggressive assertion of fair use as Google does in this case.”

And USTelecom, the national trade association representing the nation’s broadband industry, including technology providers, innovators, suppliers, and manufacturers. USTelecom notes that its members are poised to invest $350 billion in their software-driven networks over the next several years, laying the foundation for 5G. Software interfaces are also important for network providers to “enable interoperability among technologies, networks, and devices,” and “while telecommunications providers must share access to their software interfaces, they also must retain their exclusive property rights in their implementation of these interfaces if they are to ensure network security and resiliency, protect their customers’ privacy, innovate and compete.”

We were pleased that some of the most prominent names in technology—who were contemporaneous witnesses to Google’s theft—have filed amicus briefs in support Oracle’s position, including Scott McNealy, the longtime CEO of Sun Microsystems, and Joe Tucci, the longtime CEO of EMC Corporation. Mr. Tucci states, “as the numbers and ever-increasing success show, the system is working. Accepting Google’s invitation to upend that system by eliminating copyright protection for creative and original computer software code would not make the system better—it would instead have sweeping and harmful effects throughout the software industry.”

Several of our amici note in their briefs that the Constitution includes copyright protection in Article I, Section 8. As Consumers’ Research explains in their brief, “to the Founders, copyrights were not just a way to encourage innovation, but also to protect people’s inherent rights in the fruits of their labor. Any conception of copyright that ignores the latter is both incomplete and inconsistent with the original understanding of the Copyright Clause.”

One of the key points Oracle makes in our brief to the Court is the clear Congressional intent and action to provide full copyright protection to software, and the longstanding refusal by Congress to create any distinctions between different types of software code (such as “interfaces”).

Several of our amici reinforce this fact, none less authoritative than the former Senate and House Judiciary Chairmen. Former Senators Orrin Hatch and Dennis DeConcini, and former Congressman Bob Goodlatte make it clear that Google’s invitation to the Court to carve out some ill-defined category of “interfaces” from the Copyright Act’s full protection of all software code is contrary to the intent of Congress and plain language of the statute. According to the former Chairmen, “[B]oth the text and history of the Copyright Act show that Congress accorded computer programs full copyright protection, with no carve-out for some undefined subset of software.”

Furthermore, the former Members state, it would be beyond the purview of the Court to respond to Google and its amici’s policy arguments in favor of creating new standards of copyrightability and fair use for different, loosely defined categories of software. “This Court should not undermine [Congress’s] legislative judgment … by creating the loopholes to copyrightability and fair use that Google requests.”

The Members further point out, “to the extent that Google has a different, less-protective vision for the federal copyright regime, it is ‘free to seek action from Congress.’ (quoting the Solicitor General). Thus far, Congress has not seen fit to take such action, notwithstanding its recent comprehensive review of the federal copyright laws, which directly examined the scope of copyright protection and technological innovation. This Court should not diminish copyright protections for computer programs where Congress, as is its constitutional prerogative, has chosen to refrain from doing so for four decades.”

The Members’ points are given further emphasis by the extremely important brief from Professor Arthur Miller, who was a Presidential appointee to the National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works (“CONTU”), where he served on the Software Subcommittee. Professor Miller forcefully rebuts Google’s contention that the Java code it copied should be denied protection either because it was so popular or because it was in some category of un-protectable software it refers to as “interfaces.”

Congress had good reason not to enact a popularity exception to copyright. As an initial matter, such an exception would lure the courts into a hopeless exercise in line-drawing: Just how popular must a work become before the creator is penalized with loss of protection?… Nor does calling the copied material an “interface” aid in the line-drawing exercise. Though that term “may seem precise * * * it really has no specific meaning in programming. Certainly, it has no meaning that has any relevance to copyright principles.” (citing his seminal Harvard Law Review article on software copyright). “Any limitation on the protection of ‘interfaces’ thus would be a limitation on the protection of much of the valuable expression in programs, and would invite plagiarists to label as an ‘interface’ whatever they have chosen to copy without permission.” Ibid. More importantly, a popularity exception would eviscerate the goal of the Copyright Act, which is to promote advancements. “The purpose of copyright is to create incentives for creative effort.” Sony v. Universal City Studios. But advance too far and create widely desired work, petitioner warns, and risk losing copyright protection altogether; anyone will be able to copy the previously protected material by claiming that doing so was “necessary.” That logic is head-scratching. “[P]romoting the unauthorized copying of interfaces penalizes the creative effort of the original designer, something that runs directly counter to the core purposes of copyright law because it may freeze or substantially impede human innovation and technological growth.” (citing Miller Harvard Law Review article).

This history of strong copyright protection is further explained in the brief by the Committee for Justice: “The framers of the U.S. Constitution designed that document to protect the right to property. It was understood that strong property rights were fundamental to freedom and prosperity. The Constitution’s Copyright Clause is a critical part of this project. The clause empowers Congress to enact laws to protect intellectual property, which was understood to be worthy of protection in the same sense and to the same degree that tangible property is. Congress has taken up the task by enacting a series of Copyright Acts that have steadily expanded the protection afforded intellectual property. This, in turn, has led to a robust and thriving market for intellectual property.”

Likewise, the American Conservative Union Foundation, Internet Accountability Project, and American Legislative Exchange Council all recount the long history of copyright protections, going back to the Constitution, and the importance of maintaining a system of strong intellectual property rights. They also weigh-in against Google’s fair use defense. 

Similarly the Hudson Institute makes the point that if the Supreme Court were to adopt Google’s breathtakingly expansive view of fair use, it would “provide a roadmap to foreign actors like China to circumvent U.S. and international copyright protection for computer code and other works. Such a roadmap, if adopted by this Court, will remove the brighter lines and greater clarity provided by the decision below, and would eliminate a significant tool for private and governmental enforcement of IP rights.”

In separate briefs, two large software companies, Synopsys and SAS Institute, explain how the use of software code and “interfaces” actually work in the real world. Synopsis explains that the purpose of its brief is “to challenge the notion, offered by Google and its amici, that the copying of someone else’s code is a mainstay of the computer programming world. It is simply not true that ‘everybody does it,’ and that software piracy allows for lawful innovative entrepreneurship, as Google suggests.

SAS takes head-on the absurdity of Google’s professed interest in “interoperability” as the pretense for its unlicensed use of Oracle’s code. “Google copied the software interfaces not because it wanted Android applications to interoperate with Java, but so it could attract Java programmers for Android to replace Java. ‘Unrebutted evidence’ showed ‘that Google specifically designed Android to be incompatible with the Java platform and not allow for interoperability with Java programs.’ (citing Fed. Circuit decision). No case has found fair use where the defendant copied to produce an incompatible product.”

SAS also provides a powerful rebuttal to Google’s request for the Court to create new judicial carve-out from the Copyright Act for software “interfaces.” “There are unlimited ways to write interfaces, and nothing justifies removing them from what the Copyright Act expressly protects. To the contrary, the user-friendly expressive choices Sun made became critical to Java’s success. The thousands of lines of Java declaring code and the organization Google copied are intricate, creative expression. … The creativity is undeniable. ‘Google’s own ‘Java guru’ conceded that there can be ‘creativity and artistry even in a single method declaration.’” (citing Fed. Circuit decision) SAS goes on to provide detailed examples of the creative expression in declaring code.

I’ll conclude with the powerful brief of the former Register of Copyrights, Ralph Oman.  Mr. Oman forcefully rebuts the “sky is falling” rhetoric of Google and its amici regarding copyrights and software.

Copyright protection has spurred greater creativity, competition, and technological advancement, fueling an unprecedented period of intellectual growth and one of America’s greatest economic sectors today—software development. While Congress is of course free to revisit the application of copyright to software if it believes changes to the current regime are warranted, there is no basis for this Court to assume that policymaking role here. Instead, this Court should give effect to Congress’s intent, as embodied in the 1976 Act and its subsequent amendments, that traditional copyright principles apply to software just as these principles apply to other works. Applying those principles to the record in this case, the Federal Circuit properly concluded that Google’s conceded copying of the APIs infringed Oracle’s copyrights. While the technology at issue may be novel, the result that such free riding is not allowed is as old as copyright law itself.

We are grateful for this diverse, influential group of more than 30 amici, which we are certain will provide important, valuable insight to the Court in its deliberations.

We know that many of them have spoken up despite Google’s campaign of intimidation, which makes us even more appreciative.

Broad Coalition Files Supreme Court Briefs Supporting Oracle

Wed, 2020-02-19 11:07
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Broad Coalition Files Supreme Court Briefs Supporting Oracle Amici urge Court to reject Google’s attempt to weaken copyright protection in the United States

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Feb 19, 2020

A wide array of individuals and organizations from across technology, arts and culture, government, advocacy, and academia filed amicus briefs this week supporting Oracle in the Supreme Court. This diverse group is speaking out to defend copyright protection and to reject Google’s attempts to excuse its theft of more than 11,000 lines of Oracle’s original code.

Commenting on the briefs, Oracle General Counsel Dorian Daley said: “Google is attempting to rewrite the fundamental copyright protections that fuel innovation in this country. The amicus briefs make clear that to avoid significant consequences well beyond the software industry, Google’s self-serving arguments and attempts to rewrite long-settled law must be rejected.”

The fallacies in Google’s arguments, as well as additional context about the case are set forth in Executive Vice President Ken Glueck’s recent blog posts about the importance of copyright protection and the absence of support for Google’s position in the technology community.

Excerpts from the amicus briefs filed today upend Google’s claim that upholding the current ruling and existing law will crush innovation in the software industry. As the briefs demonstrate, that stance is not just inaccurate – the reverse is true.

Google wields a variety of weaponized copyright exceptions on top of rhetoric that is both deceptively public-spirited (letting Google win is “promoting innovation”) and ominous (impeding Google would “break the internet”). Google further seeks to justify these exceptions by trying to hide behind small players. It engages in astroturfing tactics to give the impression that it has more public support than it does.” (Songwriters Guild of America, pp. 16-17) (unless otherwise noted, all emphasis is added)

“[W]hat is good for Google is not synonymous with what is good for the public. […] In fact, a ruling for Google would be “promoting” software innovation only in that the purported “innovation” would be furthering Google’s private interest—i.e., using works without permission or a license fee.” (Songwriters Guild of America, p. 32)

No reasonable person would invest resources in creating an original work if another person could lawfully extract material portions of that work and incorporate them into a marketplace replacement.” (Internet Accountability Project, p. 4)

Oracle’s code was undoubtedly creative and copyright protected.

“Google has appointed itself the world’s ‘organize[r]’ of other people’s information…and in this case it copied verbatim substantial amounts of Oracle’s software to do so.” (Internet Accountability Project, p. 1)

“[M]ore than enough creative choices were made by [Oracle’s programmers] in creating the 7,000 lines of declaring code…to satisfy the copyright requirements.” (Interdisciplinary Research Team on Programmer Creativity, p. 19)

“[I]t is clear that there were thousands of different ways [that Oracle’s] APIs could have been written when they were created . . . [and] that they are protected from copying by the Copyright Act.” (Interdisciplinary Research Team on Programmer Creativity, pp. 19-20)

Google could have licensed Oracle’s software but chose to copy it instead.

The inconvenience of not copying does not excuse copying.” (American Conservative Union, p. 14)

“Google and its amici seek to establish a rule of general applicability in the software industry that will justify future unauthorized copying whenever it saves the copier time and money.” (American Conservative Union, p. 18)

“Google asserts [that its] choice to copy proves that Google had no choice other than to copy. Yet Google’s assertion that it “reused” the declarations “only because it had no other choice,” finds no support in the record. The obvious other choice was licensing.” (American Conservative Union, p. 12)

“Through YouTube, Google profits directly from verbatim copies of Amici’s own works. These copies are often unauthorized, unlicensed, and severely undermonetized.” (Songwriters Guild of America, p. 26)

The argument that Google’s use was protected by exceptions to the copyright laws falls flat.

“This brazen commercial use in competition with [Oracle] and the indisputable harm to the market doom [Google’s] fair use claim.” (Copyright Thought Leaders, p. 21)

“Google’s verbatim copying of Oracle’s code for use in the Android platform had a measurable negative impact on Oracle’s bottom line. Under existing law…such use of another’s work is categorically not ‘fair.’” (Internet Accountability Project, p. 3)

“[Google] has done nothing that qualifies as transformative. [Google] engaged in verbatim copying to use the copied code in commercial competition with others who either licensed the works or avoided infringement by applying their own creativity to write different code to perform those functions.” (Copyright Thought Leaders, p. 20)

Google and many of its amici seek to upend [the] well-ordered system of private property rights in software through either an unworkably complex, nearly metaphysical, interpretation of copyrightability of software, or a broad “fair use” exemption, both based on some conjured up “special status” as players in the software industry.” (American Conservative Union, p. 4)

This case threatens copyright protection across the board.

Copyright is, in fact, of existential importance to…creators, who would be utterly lacking in market power and the ability to earn their livings without it.” (Songwriters Guild of America, p. 3)

“It is not empty rhetoric to say that without the statutory and constitutional protections of copyright, professional creators could not earn their livings and simply would not produce new works, and the world would be poorer for it. The reason is simple but profound: copyright protection allows for a vibrant creative environment in which artists can predictably recover the gains of their creative labors.” (Songwriters Guild of America, p. 5)

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Oracle Cloud Applications Achieves FedRAMP Moderate Authorization

Wed, 2020-02-19 08:00
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Oracle Cloud Applications Achieves FedRAMP Moderate Authorization New authorization marks key milestone for the Federal Government, extending agency access to the suite of Oracle Cloud Applications covering ERP, HCM, and CX

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Feb 19, 2020

Oracle today announced that Oracle Cloud Applications has achieved FedRAMP Moderate Authorization. FedRAMP is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. With this new authorization, U.S. Federal Government customers can benefit from Oracle’s complete and integrated suite of cloud applications for finance, human resources, supply chain, and customer experience.

To outpace accelerating change in technology, government agencies need to break down data silos, embrace the latest innovations, and improve digital experiences, collaboration, and service. Built on Oracle’s industry-leading cloud platform and infrastructure, Oracle Cloud Applications enables customers to benefit from best-in-class security, high-end scalability, and performance, in addition to strong integration capabilities.

“FedRAMP Authorization for Oracle Cloud Applications is a critical step in meeting the growing demands and compliance requirements of our public sector customers,” said Tamara Greenspan, group vice president, Oracle Public Sector. “By achieving this authorization, we are able to help the Federal Government tap into our complete and innovative cloud applications suite to not just keep pace, but stay ahead of the evolving business and technology landscape.”

Oracle has been a long-standing strategic technology partner of the U.S. Federal Government. In fact, a component of the U.S. Intelligence Community was the first customer to use Oracle’s flagship database software 35 years ago. Today, more than 500 government organizations take advantage of the superior performance of Oracle’s industry-leading technologies.

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Is tech supporting Google? It sure doesn’t appear so.

Mon, 2020-02-17 08:00
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Is tech supporting Google? It sure doesn’t appear so.

Ken Glueck, Executive Vice President, Oracle—Feb 17, 2020

There is a lot of chatter that “tech” is supportive of Google’s position in Google v. Oracle. That was certainly the impression Google tried to spin when its Amici filed briefs with the Court last month. But a closer inspection of Google’s Amici makes clear that the technology community is not supporting Google’s position. Not even slightly.

As we stated in our prior blog post, the issues of copyrightability of Java software have been settled since the Federal Circuit Decision in 2014. It is Google that is urging the Supreme Court to draw some new magic line between some code that is copyrightable and other code that isn’t. Google tries to create a sense of urgency where none exists and controversy where there is actually agreement. And a close read of Google’s Amicus briefs reveals that Google appears to be virtually alone—at least among the technology community—in seeking to weaken copyright for software.

We also highlighted in our prior blog that Google has not provided a single real-world example of innovation that has suffered due to the pendency of this case. In the intervening six years since 2014—there is zero contemporaneous evidence where anyone has identified the Federal Circuit Decision as a barrier or impediment to innovation. Which is exactly why Google is receiving such scant support from tech.

When you look at the Amici filing on Google’s behalf what’s noteworthy is not who did file, but who didn’t. If you take a quick look at the top 100 technology companies, exactly two of them filed briefs on Google’s behalf. If you look at the leading Silicon Valley-based companies, exactly none of them filed briefs on Google’s behalf. And among the major technology trade associations, same answer. Not one.

This becomes much more significant when you understand just how hard Google tried to get the technology industry’s support… but it was not forthcoming.

The impression that tech is supporting Google comes primarily from the fact that Microsoft and IBM submitted Amicus briefs on Google’s behalf. We suppose one could argue that the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) also purportedly represents tech, but that’s not entirely correct (more on them later).

We should start by saying that Microsoft and IBM are entitled to their opinions and Microsoft and IBM are both great partners and strong competitors of Oracle. But the fact is both Microsoft and IBM have commercial interests in this litigation that require a little context and perspective.

We address Microsoft, IBM and CCIA, in turn.

Let’s start with Microsoft, the original sinner.

First, let’s go back to U.S. v. Microsoft. We would encourage everyone to take a look at the Findings of Fact in U.S. v. Microsoft, in particular Microsoft’s anticompetitive conduct against Sun’s Java. Long before Google broke Java’s interoperability, Microsoft did exactly the same thing. Java’s “write once, run anywhere” innovation was antithetical to maintaining Microsoft’s barrier of entry to its Windows monopoly. So, it made just enough changes and created just enough dependencies that applications written in Sun-compliant Java wouldn’t run on Windows. In other words, they broke Java’s interoperability. Sound familiar?

Second, Microsoft actually filed an Amicus brief on Oracle’s side of this matter in 2013 before the Federal Circuit. Likewise, Microsoft’s primary trade association, the Business Software Alliance also supported Oracle’s side before the Federal Circuit on both copyrightability and on fair use.

It is essential to read Microsoft’s new brief. How does it reconcile its previous position with its new position? It doesn’t. On the critical question of the copyrightability of “interfaces” (which Microsoft previously supported) Microsoft is now completely silent. Instead, its new brief focusses exclusively on fair use. So, does Microsoft support Google’s position of picking and choosing which lines of software code are copyrightable and which are not? The entirety of the public record is clear that Microsoft is actually on Oracle’s side of this critical component of the case.

Third, let’s not forget that Microsoft itself was once among Google’s strongest antagonists. Remember Microsoft’s 2013 “Scroogled” ad campaign against Google? As Ad Age put it, “the commercials are hard hitting, beating up Google for everything from invasive ads in Gmail to sharing data with app developers to placing paid results on its search page. Google, the ads claim, is "Scroogling" its users, or exploiting their private data to maximize advertising profits.”

Then came 2015 and the commercial agreement between Microsoft and Google to partner on, among other things, intellectual property. What changed Microsoft’s stance in this litigation was that commercial agreement. Microsoft’s position is as principled as that.

Now to IBM, before there was Codebreak (Houston Astros) there was Jailbreak.

Let’s start with the fact that IBM was silent both times Oracle v. Google was argued at the Federal Circuit. No Amicus Brief from IBM whatsoever on either copyrightability or fair use. It’s not as if IBM wasn’t paying attention or lacked the resources to participate. Moreover, IBM is an active member of the Business Software Alliance which, as we stated, filed a brief on both copyrightability and fair use in favor or Oracle’s position at the Federal Circuit. No objection from IBM.

Next, let’s not forget that IBM has been working to control Java since Java’s inception. In fact, as reported in the New York Times, IBM had negotiated a deal to buy Sun for $7 billion which would, among other things, “give I.B.M. more strength in competing against Oracle” and of course would have given them control of Java.

In the end, that transaction didn’t quite work out for IBM because Oracle acquired Sun, which Sun concluded would be a far better fit.

Third, IBM spent years trying to undermine Sun’s stewardship of Java in a scheme known in the industry as “Jailbreak.” Oracle knows well IBM’s efforts here because we were part of the community. The “Jailbreak” initiative as IBM named it was meant to pressure Sun and its leadership into changing the licensing regime for Java to something which would give IBM more control and the ability to “fork” Java for its own commercial purposes.

Ultimately IBM abandoned Jailbreak because it fully understood that creating a fork of Java would require a license from Sun. We were there at the time. Unlike Google, IBM never argued that some code was copyrightable but other code was not. Unlike Google, IBM never thought copying Java was permissible under fair use. IBM knew full well it needed a license and as a result it abandoned the Jailbreak effort.

So, after sitting silent before the Courts for a decade, with a clear understanding of what is permissible and what isn’t, why does IBM all of a sudden decide this case “threatens to undermine and adversely impact a core aspect of IBM’s… business” when it hadn’t at any point in the past?

Because IBM just completed its blockbuster $34 billion bet-the-company acquisition of Red Hat, and is simply running out of time. The stakes are now higher and IBM really wants its own, non-compatible version of Java for its own commercial purposes. After failing to acquire Sun or to Jailbreak Java, IBM is now turning to the Supreme Court in a Hail Mary attempt to get the Court to give it the control it couldn’t achieve in the market.

Again, IBM is entitled to its opinion. But IBM has a long history with Java, and we shouldn’t confuse IBM’s commercial and competitive interests with a new-found interest in the proper balancing of copyright protection for software.

Lastly, let’s address CCIA.

It is hardly a secret that CCIA is completely beholden to Google, financially and otherwise. Now, we don’t want to throw stones, but in a town where “pay to play” is commonplace, CCIA really sets a whole new standard for transactional advocacy. CCIA was founded on the principles of competition and interoperability and was one of the main protagonists in U.S. v. Microsoft, and before that AT&T and IBM. So how does CCIA go from fighting for interoperability to defending Google who admittedly broke interoperability with Java?

This author knows a little bit about the governance of CCIA because Oracle used to support CCIA and I sat on its Board of Directors during this formative about-face. The first step was Microsoft simply wrote CCIA’s CEO a check for $10 million (for his personal benefit, not the organization). Then Google stepped in and is now one of CCIA’s primary financial backers.

On the substance, CCIA’s argument essentially boils down to the point that the U.S. legal framework for IP should be more like Europe. If we care about innovation, we can’t imagine why anyone would trade the U.S. system, the global leader in technology, for Europe’s system, the global laggard? But CCIA is entitled to its views.

With that background, is it really credible to say that when 98 of the top 100 technology companies are absent; when Microsoft and IBM have substantial parochial agendas; and when nearly all of the major technology advocacy groups are silent, that “tech” is on Google’s side?

The answer is of course no. There is no outpouring of support for Google’s views.

And the reason is that despite the sky is falling rhetoric, this case is fact bound. Google stole and copied verbatim more than 11,000 lines of software code. It is now trying to define its’ copying out of the Copyright Act or alternatively claim fair use.

Centra Health Delivers Superior Patient Care with Oracle Cloud Applications

Thu, 2020-02-13 08:00
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Centra Health Delivers Superior Patient Care with Oracle Cloud Applications Prominent hospital network in Virginia moves finance, procurement, human resources, and supply chain applications to the cloud to increase efficiency and improve business insights

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Feb 13, 2020

To advance its mission of providing excellent care for life, Centra Health has selected Oracle Cloud Applications. With a complete and integrated suite of applications to manage its finance, procurement, HR and supply chain, Centra Health will be able to increase productivity, improve controls, drive down costs and enhance overall business insights.

Founded in 1987, Centra Health is a regional nonprofit healthcare system with 8,400 staff that serves more than 500,000 people in 70 locations in central and southern Virginia. To continue to deliver on its mission and provide the best possible services for its patients, Centra Health needed to replace its aging and disparate on-premises applications with an integrated suite of applications that would meet its functional needs while driving down costs. After extensive review, Centra selected Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud, Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, and Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud to support its vision for improved, affordable healthcare.

“When determining the appropriate vendor to support our business, we used a multidisciplinary process to ensure our needs were accurately quantified and comprehensively vetted,” said Tom Lawton, vice president and chief resource officer at Centra Health. “Oracle surfaced as the ERP vendor that checked all of the boxes, and our leadership felt confident that Oracle could support both our current and future needs. We are also anticipating additional value from the relationship with Oracle by having a common platform across our HR, finance, and supply chain operations.”

With Oracle ERP Cloud, Oracle HCM Cloud, and Oracle SCM Cloud, Centra Health will be able to take advantage of the cloud to break down organizational silos, standardize processes, and manage data from its finance, supply chain and HR teams on a single integrated cloud platform. In addition, by providing a common user interface across all functional areas, Oracle Cloud Applications will help Centra Health increase employee engagement, collaboration, and performance. To drive better business results and ensure its team stays focused on providing the best possible patient care, Centra Health will also leverage Oracle’s embedded healthcare and technology expertise, best practices, and third-party partnerships.

“Whether its evolving regulations, the shifting payer-provider dynamic, advances in medicine, or increasing customer expectations, hospitals are struggling to stay ahead of accelerating change,” said Rajan Krishnan, group vice president of product development, Oracle. “Oracle Cloud Applications will help Centra Health outpace all of this change and stay ahead of customer expectations by providing proven, best-of-breed applications across every business function.”

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Oracle Advanced Analytics Help Banks Battle Financial Crime

Thu, 2020-02-13 07:00
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Oracle Advanced Analytics Help Banks Battle Financial Crime New capabilities increase compliance program effectiveness

LONDON, U.K.—Feb 13, 2020

With $5.7 billion in global money laundering fines issued in 2019[i], growing threat sophistication, and rising compliance costs, financial institutions need advanced analytics to deter financial crime. To help banks meet this challenge, Oracle Financial Crime and Compliance Management (FCCM) suite of products now includes an integrated analytics workbench, 300-plus customer risk indicators, and embedded graph analytics visualizations. These capabilities build on Oracle’s more than 20 years of market leadership and innovation to help financial institutions fight money laundering and achieve compliance.

“Financial crimes are increasingly more sophisticated as technology becomes more advanced,” said John Edison, vice president, Financial Crime & Compliance Products, Oracle Financial Services. “Oracle continues to make strategic investments in the area of anti-money laundering and financial crime compliance management to help financial institutions successfully fight these threats. By seamlessly incorporating advanced analytics capabilities into our enterprise-grade platform, financial institutions can quickly overcome adoption impediments and benefit from cutting-edge innovations at scale. This allows their compliance teams to boost their accuracy and efficiency, which is crucial when fighting financial crime and keeping customers safe.”

These new advanced features can help chief compliance officers and data scientists to increase overall program effectiveness, detection accuracy and investigation efficiency through:

  • An integrated analytics workbench that allows data scientists to run graph analytics, data visualizations, machine modeling, scenario authoring, and testing on all of their data in one place;
  • The ability to augment traditional rules-based behavior detection models with machine-based models and 300-plus out-of-the-box customer risk indicators, which enhance the accuracy of models and reduce false positives;
  • Embedded graph analytics visualizations and 30-plus pre-built graph algorithms for advanced case investigations, entity resolution, and discovery of hidden networks. Graph analytics capabilities also support network pattern analysis and deep learning to automate case decisions and provide recommendations to investigators.
 

Global financial institutions continue to select Oracle for its enterprise-grade, anti-financial crime platform, which is regulator-accepted and based on a common data foundation that takes inputs from any transaction system. This single source of truth enables data sciences’ teams to consume data and leverage the advanced analytics to monitor, detect and investigate as needed. With Oracle FCCM, compliance teams can also increase overall program effectiveness, and optimize compliance operations—at scale.

In 2019, Oracle was named a Category Leader in the Chartis RiskTech Quadrant® for:

 

[i] According to statistics at AMLabc.com

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Copyright Caveat Emptor

Wed, 2020-02-12 16:15
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Copyright Caveat Emptor

Ken Glueck, Executive Vice President, Oracle—Feb 12, 2020

Today, Oracle submitted our response brief before the United States Supreme Court in Oracle v. Google. Over the next few weeks, we will post short blogs regarding our decade-long litigation against Google’s theft of Java software. We will make our legal arguments before the Supreme Court in March. Here, we will try to set the record straight on the facts and policy, which have been wildly distorted by Google and its PR machine led by Google’s head of Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, Kent Walker.

It is noteworthy that United States Solicitor General Noel Francisco will file a brief and argue at the Supreme Court hearing on Oracle’s behalf. It is also noteworthy that President Obama’s Solicitor General Don Verrilli also filed a brief with the Supreme Court in 2015 on Oracle’s behalf, confirming that strong support for copyright is not a question of political ideology nor is it a particularly controversial part of the law.

There will also be numerous Amicus Briefs filed shortly on the side of strong copyright protection for expressive and creative works including computer software. One brief, filed by the Songwriters Guild will state: “There are untold riches in running the Internet of other people’s things.” Only a songwriter could so eloquently capture the essence of this case, and Google’s business practices. We wish we would have thought of that line ourselves, but we didn’t, so we repeat it here (with credit and permission).

Before we get to the facts of the case, we need to start with what Google actually does for a living, which isn’t always well understood. Google is an advertising company. Period. Sure, it uses technology to facilitate its advertising and data collection, but nearly all of its money—and its nearly $1 Trillion market capitalization—comes from plain old-fashioned advertising. Think Don Draper, not da Vinci. The fact is, the fewer constraints placed on other people’s innovations, creations or content, the more money Google makes. While weak protection for content might be great for Google’s bottom line, it is antithetical to everything we know about how to promote innovation, creativity, and growth in the United States.

In this country, protection of intellectual property is the unassailable driver of our economic prosperity. Confiscatory or overly permissive IP regimes that depend on trying to copy or appropriate others’ innovations inevitably lead to technological stagnation, which helps explain why despite massive state subsidies, China remains a follower in software. As others have said, “strip mining intellectual property is not a road to growth.” And we should be cautious about taking copyright input from a company whose entire business model is based on monetizing other people’s property.

Yet, this is exactly the argument we see with Google’s appeal to the Supreme Court. Google is asking the Supreme Court to recast bedrock and long-standing IP principles for its own narrow self-interest. It casts its appeal as a defense of the innovation economy; it portrays itself as the protector of interoperability; it constantly misrepresents what is meant by software interface (which is fact-bound in this case); and redefines “fair use” to include nearly all commercial copying. It pretends that more than 11,000 lines of software code is something other than “software”. It ignores the fact that Google conceded it killed—not enabled—interoperability in Android. And it actually argues with a straight face that verbatim copying for use in one of the world’s most successful commercial products—Android—was meant to be covered by fair use, meaning the exception now truly eats the rule.

Google then conjures an innovation narrative that attempts to redefine the past decade as one of stagnation and economic decline, when in fact this past decade may be the most innovative on record, defined by advancements in software, networking and interoperability. Cloud, 5G, artificial intelligence, machine learning, quantum, mobile, autonomy, blockchain have all exploded at precisely the time Google claims this case is killing innovation. Growth in software is at an all-time high. In fact, notwithstanding the arguments of Google and its allies, there is not a scintilla of evidence suggesting that anyone actually believes Oracle v. Google impacts innovation. Oracle v. Google stands for the simple proposition that stealing—no matter the convenience it may offer to the thief—is not acceptable.

Most troubling, Google has spent tens of millions of dollars propagating its view of the world through law schools, think tanks and paid so-called opinion leaders, none of which seem to acknowledge that the advertising elephant driving all of this is sitting right in the room. There is nothing altruistic about Google’s decades-long assault on intellectual property protection. It’s only about Google’s self-interest … and money. And whether it’s authors, musicians, moviemakers, or publishers, Google has used its market power and vast resources to essentially outrun, outlast, and outspend copyright holders.

Until now.

Let’s review the facts as they occurred and not permit Google to engage in historical revisionism to serve its own interests.

  1. 1. Google was last to the mobile market, behind Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Nokia, and a number of other start-ups like Danger, which had created the T-Mobile Sidekick. Google understood that search and advertising were moving from desktop to mobile and it needed to be a major player in the mobile market, or it would lose its advertising golden goose.

  2. 2. Google could have built a platform from scratch to compete with Windows Mobile, Apple iOS, or Blackberry, as those companies did, but given its late start it didn’t have the time to spend writing a new platform and convincing independent developers to embrace it. So Google turned to Sun Microsystems and Java. Java at the time was revolutionary. It was wildly popular, “open,” and practically the definition of interoperable. It was democratizing computing by enabling developers to “write once, run anywhere.” It was developed by Sun. And, yes, it was protected by copyright and licensed to other companies.

  3. 3. Java was made available by Sun under a number of licensing options, including an open source license, a specification license and a commercial license. Developers could of course develop applications using Java with no license at all. Platform and device makers who wanted to run those Java applications licensed Java for their products. A virtual who’s who of technology companies licensed Java under one of those three regimes. Of particular note, Danger, run by Andy Rubin (who was later hired by Google to run Android) had licensed Java for his company’s T-Mobile Sidekick—a popular early smartphone.

  4. 4. Google could have taken a license for Java as well, but it had a problem. It wanted to use Java because of its popularity among app developers, but it did not want interoperability and it didn’t want open source. It wanted to turn “write once, run anywhere” into “write once, run only on Android.” Google certainly didn’t want applications written for Android to be easily portable to Windows, Apple, or any potential new entrant to the market.

  5. 5. Google evaluated the alternatives to Java and decided they “all suck.” So, it decided to steal Java anyway even if it meant “making enemies along the way.” It went ahead and copied verbatim more than 11,000 lines of Java software code and expropriated it for its own clearly commercial use.

  6. 6. Google understood exactly what it was doing. In addition to the new head of Google’s Android division, Andy Rubin, who had licensed Java when running Danger, Google’s CEO was Eric Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt was of course the Vice President of Software at Sun during Java’s development.

  7. 7. What’s even worse than the harm caused to Sun by stealing Java, Google immediately executed its plan to kill interoperability, also harming millions of developers who counted on Java interoperability to lower the costs of app development.

Google then went straight to the “catch me if you can” chapter of its playbook, assuming that Sun would never stand up to Google’s theft. They were mistaken.

Given Google’s problem with the undisputed facts, during the intervening decade, Google has exercised every bit of its vast resources to attempt to change the law retroactively, to little avail. Since it is not in dispute that Google copied verbatim more than 11,000 lines of code, it attempts to carve this code out of copyright by claiming this particular code is not copyrightable in the first place.

In page after page of policy arguments in its brief, Google asks the Supreme Court to draw some ill-defined line between a made-up category of source code it calls “interfaces” and other source code. Google’s problem is that the Copyright Act makes no such distinction, and policy makers around the world have largely rejected Google’s views and have opted for the status quo, which protects all software code under the Copyright Act. Most policy makers fully understand that Google’s interests are far afield from the interests of actual innovators and creators.

As if Google’s views on copyrightability are not brazen enough, Google then attempts to claim that its theft and clear commercial use of an existing technology already in the market is somehow covered by the fair use doctrine. Such a proposition based on these facts would virtually eliminate copyright altogether because nearly all copying would be “fair”.

Then Google takes us down a road of made up doctrines pulled out of thin air, leaving us with a wall covered in spaghetti. One of the most extraordinary is the concept that the more popular a work is, the less copyright protection it deserves because its free availability would be in the public interest. Seriously? That is closely followed by the bizarre concept that it is standard practice in the industry to freely copy other innovators’ source code. This appears to be the doctrine of “everyone does it.” In fact, what everyone does is safeguard their innovations with intellectual property protections, which most often result in incentives to work cooperatively with mutually beneficial licensing regimes. We then get a dose of the “convenience” principle which, if we even understand their point, goes something like, “we only did it for the convenience of others,” painting itself as something of a Sir Robin of Software. Last, we are told that innovators who are granted constitutional and statutory “monopolies” to their innovations are … wait for it … monopolists. Those living in glass houses shouldn’t throw kettles.

But the most insulting argument Google makes is to paint itself as the standard bearer for openness and interoperability, which is historical revisionism at its finest. Sun, and the thousands of engineers who participated in the development of Java, stood for openness and interoperability. Oracle has maintained that principled stance. Java is among the most important software innovations in history. Google stole it, broke interoperability, baked it into its proprietary, tightly controlled Android operating environment, and has made tens of billions of dollars on the back of Sun’s revolutionary innovation.

Leading us back to where we started: “There are untold riches in running the Internet of other people’s things.”

Next week we will address Google’s Amicus Briefs.

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