In the US, juries decide facts, judges interpret the law
Posted May 8, 2012 11:37 UTC (Tue) by sorpigal
In reply to: In the US, juries decide facts, judges interpret the law
Parent article: Google guilty of infringement in Oracle trial; future legal headaches loom
I'm thinking also that the judge was hoping the jury might come back with a "No" for the infringement question, which would mean he wouldn't have to rule on whether APIs are copyrightable because the outcome would be moot. For sticky issues like this judges would probably just as soon leave the question unanswered, if they can, in hopes that the industry works it out peacefully without ever having it come to a ruling the outcome of which can only be bad for one group or another.
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