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Jury Begins Deliberations In Oracle-Google Trial

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – A jury has started deliberations in a closely watched copyright infringement trial pitting Oracle against Google.

The federal case in San Francisco centers on Oracle’s allegations that Google’s popular Android software for mobile devices relies on technology stolen from Java. That’s a programming platform that Oracle Corp. acquired in 2010 as part of its $7.3 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

Google Inc. says it drew upon small parts of Java that aren’t protected by copyright and traditionally have been freely available to all programmers.

The case was turned over to the 12-person jury Monday afternoon after two weeks of testimony and arguments. Oracle is seeking hundreds of billions of dollars in damages.

After a verdict on copyright infringement is reached, the parties will address allegations of patent infringement.

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