When Google and Oracle stepped into the courtroom six years ago to hash out the details of software rights and inappropriate usage, everyone in the tech community knew that this legal grudge match would be one for the ages. However, now that closing arguments are wrapping up, it's become readily apparent that the jury's decision in this case has the potential to alter the very future of software as we know it.

Did Google infringe upon the rights of Oracle and its subsidiary, Sun Microsystems, by wrongfully copying the code of a variety of Java application program interfaces (APIs)? Will this decision end up costing the biggest name on the web billions of dollars? Joe Mullin of Ars Technica has all of the details on this precedent-setting story in his full-length feature.

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