Hypocrisy – is a part of being human.
Human nature is immutable. So occasional lapses into hypocrisy are understandable.
That doesn’t entirely excuse hypocrisy. Nor does it inoculate those engaging in it from criticism.
17th Century French writer François de La Rochefoucauld wisely noted:
“Hypocrisy is a tribute that vice pays to virtue.”
Stealing – is a vice. Not stealing – a virtue.
Complaining about stealing – while you’re stealing – is hypocrisy.
Google is one of the planet’s biggest companies. They are also one of the planet’s biggest thieves.
Google makes some really bizarre assertions in defense of their many, many thefts. None more bizarre than the male cow manure they’re currently pitching at the Supreme Court.
“Google is arguing that if they can’t steal Oracle’s Java computer code – people will stop making things like Oracle’s Java for Google to steal.”
Speaking of human nature – how antithetical to it is that?:
“If the Supreme Court legalizes Google’s mass heist – it begs a question:
“Why would anyone like Oracle and Sun spend all their time, effort and money developing and maintaining things like Java – if thieves like Google can then simply steal them?
“Hint: No one would. No new things would ever again be made. Because duh.
“Why go to all the time, trouble and expense of creating – if your creations are destined to be stolen?…
“(W)hat Google is really looking to dump – is reality.
“Google wants SCOTUS to rule against human nature.”
Google is also one of the planet’s biggest hypocrites when it comes to stealing. They steal as a matter of course. They steal before they actually think about what to do next.
But steal from Google – and Google ensures all Hell rains down upon you.
“Theft for me – not from me” – seems to be Google’s unofficial motto.
Google again went all the way after one such thief. And Their Monstrousness just received a favorable judicial outcome.
“Anthony Levandowski, a former Uber executive, was sentenced to 18-months in prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to stealing proprietary self-driving car technology from Google, which he had previously worked for.
“Levandowski pleaded guilty to the theft of trade secrets in March. In his admission, Levandowski said that he had stolen over 20 files from the tech giant.”
Funny, Google readily – if inadvertently – admitted they stole 11,500 lines of Oracle’s Java code.
If you use 11,500 lines of code – and you enter into negotiations for licenses to use said 11,500 lines of code – you’re admitting you need permission to use said 11,500 lines of code.
If you then start selling the products containing those 11,500 lines of code – without having secured permission to use said 11,500 lines of code – you’re engaging in a heist.
And Google’s heist – has become really, truly massive.
Google stole the 11,500 lines of code – to make Android. Which has for years now been the #1 most used mobile operating system on the planet.
Which has ultimately made Google’s theft of Oracle’s Java code – one of the biggest heists of all time.
“(U.S. District Judge William) Alsup said a sentence short of imprisonment would have given ‘a green light to every future brilliant engineer to steal trade secrets,’ comparing what Levandowski took to a ‘competitor’s game plan.’”
COMPLETELY CONTRADICTORY of the argument Google is making before the Supreme Court in defense of its theft from Oracle.
Oh: And speaking of hypocrisy – get THIS from Google (specifically Google’s sub-company Waymo):
“‘(Levandowski)’s misconduct was enormously disruptive and harmful to Waymo, constituted a betrayal, and the financial effects would likely have been even more severe had it gone undetected,’ wrote Leo Cunningham, a lawyer representing Waymo.”
EXACTLY the point Oracle is making before the Supreme Court in seeking justice against Google.
Perhaps Oracle can add this Google lawyer to their legal team – against Google.
He’s making their case for them.
This first appeared in Red State.