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Coffee in Iceland: The Ethics of Java on Android" is a paper I wrote for my
Professional Responsibilities class about the Oracle vs. Google lawsuit. It
discusses the ethics of Google's use of the Dalvik virtual machine.
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Google released Android on November 5, 2007 as a platform for mobile phones.
Programmers can write applications for Android in Java. These programs are run
with Dalvik — a virtual machine that Google created. In 2010, Oracle America
Inc. filed a lawsuit against Google, claiming that Dalvik infringed on Oracle’s
intellectual property. This raises the question: is Google’s use of the Dalvik
virtual machine in Android ethical? Dalvik is ethical because it uses industry
standards, follows licensing restrictions, and contributes to the public good,
in accordance with the ACM Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional
(It should be noted that the author of this paper is employed by Google at time
Run `make` at the command line to create a PDF.