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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RE: I dont get it
by sukru on Fri 29th Oct 2010 00:47 UTC in reply to "I dont get it"
sukru
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There are two issues.

One is the file is re-published in a different license. (Remember the discussion where BSD code was found in Linux kernel code? It would be OK to copy the code, even relicense under GPL, only if they had attributed to the original author. But an employee wanted to take the credit).

The second one is with patents (subject of the other lawsuit). Even if you publish your code under GPL, there are some limitations due to patents (this is why we have GPL3 changed that provisions).

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