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: So Android
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 28th Oct 2010 21:16 UTC in reply to "So Android"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

You didn't read. Android didn't copy it. Harmony did (if true). Google only copied it from Harmony, probably assuming the code was clean because it's Apache's. We might want to wait for a response from Apache.

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RE[2]: So Android
by werpu on Thu 28th Oct 2010 21:26 in reply to "RE: So Android"
werpu Member since:
2006-01-18

Without checking the code did it occur to anyone that it might have been an inverse order that the jdk copied the code from harmony.

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RE[3]: So Android
by vivainio on Thu 28th Oct 2010 21:34 in reply to "RE[2]: So Android"
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2008-12-26

Without checking the code did it occur to anyone that it might have been an inverse order that the jdk copied the code from harmony.


However, *with* looking at the code, it's obvious what way copying (or again, decompiling) happened.

That is the wrong (strawman) argument now, focus on other matters Thom presented.

This issue isn't really worth discussing until someone spends some time (20 minutes?) with Harmony VCS and tracks this down.

Edited 2010-10-28 21:34 UTC

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RE[2]: So Android
by Almafeta on Fri 29th Oct 2010 17:39 in reply to "RE: So Android"
Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

Google only copied it from Harmony, probably assuming the code was clean because it's Apache's.


If only Google had access to some sort of search device that searched through open-source projects. A "Google Codesearch," if you will.

But who could invent such a crazy moon gadget?

Edited 2010-10-29 17:43 UTC

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