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Silicon Valley loses if Oracle wins versus Google

A traffic sign with the Oracle logo sits outside Oracle headquarters on Dec. 16, 2014, in Redwood City, California.
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A traffic sign with the Oracle logo sits outside Oracle headquarters on Dec. 16, 2014, in Redwood City, California.

If Oracle wins against Google in court, Silicon Valley loses. The software company run by Larry Ellison alleges that the web-search titan illegally used Java programming language for its Android smartphone systems. Despite one favorable ruling, the copyright case looks weak. Worse, it could stifle computer coders and others in the high-tech epicenter.