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Oracle Could Seek Licensing from Android Phone Makers

eWeek/Google Watch - One of the most painful memes about the Oracle Vs. Google Android patent lawsuit is that if Oracle wins it could demand licensing fees based on their use of the open source platform.

Now we have some theoretical numbers to back that notion. Network World, citing Deutsche Bank analyst Jonathan Goldberg, said Oracle could ask handset makers to license its software for $15 or $20 a phone.

The idea is that these companies would avoid paying damages by getting on Oracle's good side and legitimately licensing the Java software used in Android.

HTC and several others are already paying Microsoft to license technology for their Android handsets. Microsoft is currently trying to milk Samsung for Android software fees, too.

The great irony of this is that this arrangement would make the currently free, open source Android more like Microsoft Windows Phone 7, which is struggling to gain traction.