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: Epic fail.
by fury on Fri 29th Oct 2010 13:22 UTC in reply to "Epic fail."
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Except that in this case we're talking about copyright infringement, which any open source aficionado such as myself will tell you is always a Bad Thing (TM).

Basically, someone needed an implementation of this class and decided to just use automated tools to extract (read: steal) source code from one of the official Java implementations. And the evidence is clear that this is what happened.

Who really did it is the question we need to ask.

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