Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Oct 2010 20:07 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Legal Now, this is an interesting development in the ongoing war against Android. Oracle didn't just sue Google for allegedly infringing its Java patents; it also claimed copyright infringement. Oracle has amended its complaint, and, fair is fair, they've got the code to prove it: indeed, Android contains code that appears to be copied verbatim from Java - mind you, appears. However, the code in question comes straight from Apache's Harmony project, which raises the question - would a respected and long-established cornerstone of the open source world really accept tainted code in the first place?
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does it matter?
by kristoph on Thu 28th Oct 2010 20:51 UTC
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Oracle is building a case that will be tried by a jury, all of whom will almost certainly have no idea what Java is.

Ultimately, this type of clear duplication of code will be very persuasive in support of Oracle's case.

Also, this argument that Google is not responsible because they used Apache code is just silly. The reality is that using open source does not absolve you of copyright or patent laws.


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