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The Copyright Case of the Decade: Analyzing Google v. Oracle at the Supreme Court

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Produced on October 13, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Google v. Oracle, which is widely hailed as “the copyright case of the decade,” involves a $9 billion intellectual property dispute between some of the largest technology companies in the world. It poses fundamental questions about the ability to copyright software interfaces that tens of millions of people use every day in their smartphones and other devices.  The case also may implicate the ability to engage in the fair use of computer programs – and by extension, to pursue technological innovation and apply the fair use doctrine to creative professions and activities more broadly.

Carolyn Shapiro and JP Schnapper-Casteras will analyze recent oral arguments at the Supreme Court of the United States, and illuminate various likely outcomes and their legal and practical impact. This program will benefit appellate practitioners, technology lawyers, and intellectual property specialists.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the key themes and concerns that emerged in the Supreme Court of the United States and appellate briefing
  2. Analyze possible scenarios and the ramifications for creative professionals and for the software industry
  3. Re-examine the Google v. Oracle dispute in light of the changing composition of the Supreme Court 

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JP Schnapper-Casteras

Schnapper-Casteras PLLC.

JP Schnapper-Casteras if the founder of Schnapper-Casteras PLLC. He advises frontier technology companies and public interest organizations on legal strategy, litigation, and public policy. Previously, he worked on a broad array of constitutional and civil cases as Special Counsel for Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and in the appellate practice of Sidley Austin LLP. JP began working on open source projects at the age of 16, conducted research on recovery-oriented computing at Stanford’s Computer Science Department, and was Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Scientific Review. He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School, and M.A. and B.A. with Honors from Stanford, and is a member of the New York and D.C. Bars.

Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Armed Forces

  • District of Columbia

  • New York

Carolyn Shapiro

Schnapper-Casteras PLLC.

Professor Carolyn Shapiro serves as Of Counsel to Schnapper-Casteras PLLC and advises clients on appellate strategy, constitutional doctrine, and public interest law.  She has argued cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and Illinois Supreme Court.  She previously served as the Solicitor General of Illinois, has been a faculty member at the Chicago-Kent College of Law since 2003, and is a former Supreme Court clerk.

Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • Northern District of Illinois

  • Central District of Illinois

  • Illinois


Brett C.

Very interesting information, very casual delivery. Excellent work.

K H.

The speakers were great. I appreciated their knowledge, ability to articulate issues, and their enthusiasm / zest for the topic!

Stacie M.

Very informative

Charles R.

Excellent discussion.

Adrienne L.

Well organized, thorough, excellent analysis.

Lucius L.

Great discussion of the facts and policies leading up to this case. THANKS!

michael d.


Daria T.

was a bit over my head but good for those in the field of tech law

Gary D.

The overview of the case was concise and went into detail regarding specific examples and case precedent.

Carol M.

Very enthusiastic presenters.

Michael J D.

Great history re QWERTY. Intuitively, always knew QWERTY was odd and its oddity oddly slowed me down and yes it should have been copyrighted. Had it been it would have led to development of competing and better keyboarding formats. So too Oracle's protection of copyright may happily lead - through stint and hard-work and creativity and ingenuity, the absence of relaxed laziness - to development of competing formats one or more of which may be infinitely better or, alternatively, redound to Oracle's greatness. Copyright rewards buy appears to also enliven competition as long as monopolization can be effectively minimized.

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