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[3]: I went over the code
by sorpigal on Mon 1st Nov 2010 13:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I went over the code"
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I strongly disagree. I read through the sample so-called "copied code" and it's a lot less similar than code SCO claimed was 'copied' into Linux, and where it is similar it's pretty often due to implementing a known interface.

If you tell ten developers to write a quicksort function in C (for example) you'll get ten results which, while not identical, will be very similar and will be more similar to each other than these examples, right down to identical variable deceleration order. Even if there are a billion ways you *could* do the same thing, chances are culture, tradition and best practices will reduce that set down to a relatively small handful of similar implementations.

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