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Trump Lawyers Ask Top Court to Spurn Google Copyright Appeal (1)

Sept. 28, 2019, 12:24 PMUpdated: Sept. 29, 2019, 3:05 PM

The Trump administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an appeal by Alphabet Inc.’s Google, boosting Oracle Corp.’s bid to collect more than $8 billion in royalties for Google’s use of copyrighted programming code in the Android operating system.

Google is challenging an appeals court ruling that it violated Oracle copyrights when it included some Oracle-owned Java programming code in Android. The dispute has split Silicon Valley, pitting developers of software code against companies that use the code to create programs.

The filing Friday by U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco could undercut Google’s chances of a Supreme Court...

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