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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Sue Google? Ok. Apache? No
by Adurbe on Fri 29th Oct 2010 09:16 UTC
Adurbe
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I dont think the oracle board are stupid.

If they think they have a case with Merit. They sue Google. A company with more money than it knows what to do with. Little bit of bad press, but, everyone sues Google.

Apache is a different kettle of fish. suing them is, in essence, suing 'open source'. It doesnt take a genius to see that that would be a PR disaster. Once they win the case they would simply send a letter to apache saying there was precedence and let them remove the code without courts.

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