Linked by OSGuy on Fri 21st Jan 2011 22:22 UTC
Google "Sometimes the sheer wrongness of what is posted on the web leaves us speechless. Especially when it's picked up and repeated as gospel by otherwise reputable sites like Engadget. 'Google copied Oracle's Java code, pasted in a new license, and shipped it', they reported this morning. Sorry, but that just isn't true."
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RE[3]: Comment by Radio
by umccullough on Sat 22nd Jan 2011 20:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Radio"
umccullough
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Ignorance of the Law is not a defense in the US. It was incumbent on Google's part to scour the IP it was buying before they bought the code base.


In the end, it's only going to really matter if the infringed bits were actually shipped in Android, and so far it sounds like none of it was.

Otherwise all Google is going to get is a "slap on the wrist" for re-releasing code in a public repo that Oracle owned the copyright on - some of which was already freely available under GPL anyway, some which may not have been.

Oracle is still going to have to demonstrate that there was a monetary loss as a result of the infringement if they plan to actually get anything out of Google.

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