Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Jan 2013 18:29 UTC
Google A blog post on the Free Software Foundation Europe site is making the rounds around the web. The blog post, written by Torsten Grote, claims that 'the Android SDK is now proprietary', because upon download, you have to agree to terms and conditions which are clearly not compatible with free and/or open source software. What Grote fails to mention - one, these terms have mostly always been here, and two, they only apply to the SDK binaries. The source is still freely available.
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by Drumhellar on Fri 4th Jan 2013 19:15 UTC
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Protection of trademarks is important even for companies that aren't trying to profit from OSS.

Mozilla reserves the rights associated with the Firefox brand, so Debian brands their browser Iceweasel so they can extend trademark rights to their users.

Even FreeBSD once had to shutdown a distributor who was pressing and selling his own FreeBSD disks. They rightly felt that since they didn't have any control in the process, and thus couldn't guarantee that they weren't defective or worse, the distributor shouldn't be use their branding. FreeBSD has a solid reputation, but the FreeBSD Foundation is a small organization, and damaging that reputation could harm them for years.

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