Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Fri 21st Jan 2011 17:20 UTC, submitted by Geoff Floding
Legal "Florian Mueller has been killing it these past few months with his analysis of various tech patent suits on his FOSSpatents blog, and today he's unearthed a pretty major bombshell: at least 43 Android source files that appear to have been directly copied from Java." Update: ZDNet provides some compelling evidence that it's not so.
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not proof
by FunkyELF on Fri 21st Jan 2011 18:32 UTC
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Google didn't grab code from Oracle or even Sun. They grabbed it from Apache.
Perhaps Apache grabbed it from Sun and took the licenses / notices off.
And even if Apache did, who knows if those particular files had those licenses / warnings when it was copied.
How do we know Oracle or Sun didn't decide to re-license that stuff afterwards.

Look at Qt. Same exact source code files can be obtained with a proprietary license as well as with a GPL license.

Although I question it's use, Android using Java is good for Java. Keep pissing Google off and they'll switch to Google Go.

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RE: not proof
by sukru on Fri 21st Jan 2011 18:57 in reply to "not proof"
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Nope they did not:

Apache specifically disowns those files. They were never part of Apache's own Harmony distribution. Only because they contain Apache License does not mean they are Apache owned. (Like Linux being GPL2 does not make if FSF's own product).

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