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Google, Oracle court battle hinges on rights to brew with Java software

Oracle's plan to cash in on Android now depends on whether Google knowingly used Java code without a license.

The lengthy court battle between Google and Oracle has taken an interesting turn. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google's previous attempts to license Oracle's Java software may have just come home to roost.

In court Wednesday, lawyers for Oracle said that judging from previous negotiations, Google brass knowingly infringed on Java patents and that Google built parts of its Android mobile operating system with Java despite not having a license, the Journal reported.

If the lawyers' assertion is true, then Google will likely have to cough up the monetary damages Oracle believes it is due, especially in light of the Supreme Court's refusal to hear Google's appeal.

Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.