Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Following on from my post yesterday about how a statement in Jonathan Schwartz's blog post indicated that Sun approved Google's use of Java in Android, I should perhaps have pointed out-- as others reporting on this have-- that there is indeed a judicial basis for Schwartz's statement being used in Google's defense. The principle is estoppel, defined by Black's Law Dictionary as:

"An affirmative defense alleging good-faith reliance on a misleading representation and an injury or detrimental change in position resulting from that reliance."

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