Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Mar 2011 21:14 UTC, submitted by jbicha
Google Does Google's Android violate the GPL? This bold claim is being made by Edward Naughton, and was picked up here and there across the web. The problem seems to be that Android's Bionic, a glibc alternative, supposedly violates the GPL by stripping the Linux kernel header files of all comments and other extraneous information and relicensing them under a more permissive license so that non-GPL programs can be written. Bradley Kuhn, former FSF executive director and expert on GPL violations, believes the claims are way overblown.
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not that complicated
by TechGeek on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 02:19 UTC
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AFAIK, header files are NOT copy-writeable. They are similar to book titles.

As for machine generated code, you still start with something that is copyrighted and make a copy of it, at least into memory. There is also the issue that the code is still essentially the same. While it may differ a little, the vast majority of it will be the same in structure making it a derivative work.

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