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Google and Oracle lawyers won't conduct research on potential jurors after judge's ultimatum

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Lawyers in a copyright battle between Google and Oracle have agreed they won’t research potential and empaneled jurors until after the trial.

Lawyers revealed their decision on Thursday after the federal judge overseeing the trial said the legal teams should agree to a voluntary ban or should reveal their research during jury selection, the Recorder (sub. req.) reports.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup told the lawyers that if they did conduct research, their disclosure to jurors couldn’t “leave the false impression that the judge approves of the intrusion.” Nor could they “explain away their searches on the ground that the other side will do it, so they have to do it too.”

Jurors in the trial, scheduled for May, will consider whether Google used Oracle’s copyrighted code in the Android operating system.

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