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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Comment by siki_miki
by siki_miki on Fri 21st Jan 2011 20:02 UTC
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2006-01-17

Java (SE) is GPL, isn't it? Although putting APache license on top of it is a violation, Google could get away with it by claiming it was simply an error. Given that most parts of Android "Java" core are anyway not stolen code, the lawsuit could end in a minor punishment, if any. On the other hand, if they stomp on a few submarine soft-patents, that's a completely different problem. I wish US finally kills that broken system of patents on simple math. Oh wait, big corporations want to keep that to terrorize small business, Chinese, and everyone else.

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RE: Comment by siki_miki
by jack_perry on Fri 21st Jan 2011 20:28 in reply to "Comment by siki_miki"
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2005-07-06

Java (SE) is GPL, isn't it?

Not according to Oracle's website:
Java SE continues to be available under the Sun Binary Code License (BCL) with no additional cost for its use in general purpose computing. The Java technology support and EOL roadmap provides more information. Java for Business binaries are provided under separate licensing terms.

I have no idea whether Google can "get away with it", though, and I don't care to look closely enough to figure it out. IANAL.

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