Arik Hesseldahl

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Still Stuck: Oracle-Google Trial Jury Has NO Partial Verdict

Published reports say the jury in the Oracle-Google trial over Java has come back with a partial verdict. I’ve just heard that these reports are incorrect.

Jurors have reached no conclusion in the case and Judge William Alsup has sent them home for the weekend with instructions to try again on Monday.

The jury had indicated Thursday in a note to Alsup that it was stuck on some point. Alsup warned lawyers for both sides that they might have to prepare for a deadlocked jury. Obviously, the situation here is fluid. I’ll have more in this post as it comes in.

There are four questions the jurors are tasked to answer, and they’re said to be unanimously agreed on three of them, but unable to reach consensus on the fourth, though its unclear which are which.

For what its worth, below is the form with the four questions the jurors have to answer.

Jury Questions


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work