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: What is the real issue here?
by vodoomoth on Fri 29th Oct 2010 12:50 UTC in reply to "What is the real issue here?"
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I can't really clarify but Java is not open source, at least not in the sense of Firefox or TeX or Linux or anything that has its roots in the open source movement, whether as seen by the FSF or predating it (TeX -and other works of Knuth?- for instance).

Second, open source doesn't equate "take it and do whatever you want with it"; open source comes with a license, with agreement terms, conditions, etc. Those terms have to be explicitly licensed under a "this is public domain, I did it for all to own" license with no restriction to be truly free of any constraint. In short, all licenses have license terms. That's including a public domain implicit license term that you may not sue others for having the same benefit that you have.

The problem here seems to be that Google violates some of the terms.

Edited 2010-10-29 12:52 UTC

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