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[4]: But what about GPL?
by Timmmm on Fri 29th Oct 2010 10:16 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: But what about GPL?"
Timmmm
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GPL allows for de-compiling and for re-implementation. In fact, it encourages it.


De-compilation, yes. But redistribution of your decompilation under a different licence? Of course not.

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