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[2]: But what about GPL?
by umccullough on Fri 29th Oct 2010 01:51 UTC in reply to "RE: But what about GPL?"
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I wonder the same thing. And yes, dalvik is Apache License (BSD like) and not GPL, so this is a breach of the GPL. So Oracle is actually an advocate for the GPL and this is a GPL violation!?


If it was truly Oracle's code, then the copyright was removed, and the license changed, which is a HUGE no-no under copyright law... In that case, Oracle has every right to sue.

However, since the code was already FOSS, seems to me that Oracle is simply looking for more ammunition to hammer Google with, and this just happened to be one of the items they were able to locate in their search.

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