The Trump administration is siding with Oracle in the database giant’s dispute with Google before the Supreme Court — a move that comes as Oracle’s founder hosts a high-dollar fundraiser for the president.
Billions of dollars — and, Google argues, the future of software innovation — are at stake as a long-running copyright dispute between the two giant companies heads to the Supreme Court next month.
The solicitor general’s office weighed in Wednesday with a brief in support of the company. The administration found Google’s policy arguments are “unpersuasive” and argued software code is copyrightable. Google’s “verbatim copying of (Oracle’s) original computer code into a competing commercial product was not fair use.”
The fundraiser was last night.
Trump’s tax holiday saved Oracle $9.5B on $43B the company had stashed abroad.
Now, Larry Ellison, Oracle’s co-founder, is hosting a $100,000-a-ticket fundraiser for Trump’s reelection campaign.
Funny how that works.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) February 15, 2020
Trump is expected to raise $7 million from a 60-attendee fundraiser tomorrow at the California home of Oracle’s Larry Ellison, @JDiamond1 reports. (It’s $250,000 a couple for golf with Trump, photo with Trump and seat at a roundtable with Trump; $100,000 without the roundtable.)
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 18, 2020
Trump backs Oracle in fight against Google on day founder Ellison hosts reelection fundraiser for him https://t.co/Cx4NXdLeFC
— FORTUNE (@FortuneMagazine) February 20, 2020