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: But what about GPL?
by JAlexoid on Fri 29th Oct 2010 23:01 UTC in reply to "But what about GPL?"
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Can someone please explain how this could possibly be a copyright violation if Java was released by Sun under the GPL? The only way I could see that it could be a copyright violation would be if Android and/or Harmony are not released under licenses compatible with the GPL. I'm missing something here, I guess.


Harmony is under Apache 2.0, witch is no GPL compatible. But GPL is strong exactly because of copyright, not in-spite.

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