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Google found guilty of copying nine lines of code, with damages up to $150,000.

I wonder if that covers the cost of lunch sandwiches to the lawyers.

Patents next. Judge will decide whether an API is copyrightable. And then the appeals.
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Actually, the statutory damages only apply to the 9 lines of code infringement. If the judge finds that APIs are protected by copyright and there's no fair use, the damages will be based on loss.

And I think that's still the remaining big question -- can you do a clean-room implementation of someone else's API. I don't think the patents at this point will make material difference to either side.

If clean-room is killed by judge, the implications will go far and wide, beyond just Google and Android.
Looks like clean-room is still protected in EU at least:

"...ideas and principles which underlie any element of a computer program, including those which underlie its interfaces, are not protected by copyright under that directive."

EDIT: and I see that you already knew that :-)
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