Google Writer was developed by the Writely Team which is part of Google Inc. It was originated by Writely & Google Spreadsheets combined. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Docs)
Google Docs includes portions of OpenOffice.org Calc documentation authored by Magnus Adielsson, Richard Barnes, Peter Kupfer, Iain Roberts and Jean Hollis Weber and distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, version 2.0, available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/. (http://www.google.com/google-d-s/legal.html)
should we put who has the copy-writes? if so here they are:
Google Writer appeared in 2006 out of a word processing program called Writely. Writely was orginally run through the company Upstartle. Google bought the company and its program in 2005 as part of a conceived project to compete with word processing giant Microsoft Word. The official licensing of Google Writer goes a team of individuals: Magnus Adielsson, Richard Barnes, Peter Kupfer, Iain Roberts, and Jean Hollis Weber. Since its introduction, Google Writer has been successful in expanding its use, capibilities, and storage space for users.
additional sources used: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/03/writely-so.html