Article: Google Ducks $9 Billion Java Bill With High Court Win

Open Software, Open Source

Google Ducks $9 Billion Java Bill With High Court Win

Fair-use doctrine supports Google engineers who copied at least ten of thousands of lines of code when they created the Android mobile operating system, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

In a case at once about open-source software and market domination, the 6-2 decision marks an $8.8 billion defeat for Oracle America. The software giant sought the massive damages award after Google used the ubiquitous computer programming language Java without a license to create what is now the biggest mobile operating system in the world.

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Article: New database tracks data on slaves, slavers, and allies

History, Open Data, Open Source

New database tracks data on slaves, slavers, and allies

Vele was 16 when she embarked a slave ship in 1832 at Cameroons River in West Africa. Precillia Cozzens, 35, was registered as a slave in New Orleans in 1846. Domingos, age 6, was listed in an inventory of enslaved people at Aguiar Plantation, Brazil, in 1806.

The records of these three are among more than 750,000 of people, places, events, and sources available to search in a new open-source database called Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade (Enslaved.org), a repository of information and stories about those who were enslaved or enslavers, worked in the slave trade, or helped emancipate enslaved people. The entries run from the 15th century to the late 1800s and span Western Europe, Africa, and North and South America.

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