Court Dismisses Sun’s Copyright Infringement Claim Against Microsoft

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 9, 2000 — Federal District Court Judge Ronald M. Whyte has dismissed Sun Microsystems’ claim of copyright infringement related to Microsoft’s distribution of software products with an implementation of the Java virtual machine. The ruling came late yesterday in response to a summary judgment motion filed by Microsoft. The court also denied Sun’s motion for summary judgment on the same issue.

Microsoft said the Court’s ruling was consistent with the company’s position that this lawsuit is about the contract between two large, sophisticated companies, and that the language of the contract is the real issue in the case.

Several other motions are pending before the Court. No trial date has been set.

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