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[ZDNet] Does Google's Android violate Linux's Copyright?

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Does Google’s Android smartphone and tablet operating system violate Oracle’s patents? Who knows. I’m no software patent lawyer, but I cover intellectual property (IP) lawsuits far too often and I expect it will be years before the courts decide, or, as is more likely Google and Oracle will come to a licensing agreement. But, now one attorney is claiming a much more clear-cut IP law violation: Android violates Linux’s copyrights.
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Interesting, maybe Google will be paying for the next edition of Linux!

Haha!
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Interesting, maybe Google will be paying for the next edition of Linux!

Haha!
Article links to another page, that pretty much puts this silliness to rest/
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Article links to another page, that pretty much puts this silliness to rest/
The author is backing his statements up with links to other articles mate, this seems all together legit..
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Repost of old news? Didn't they found out that they didn't copy their code?
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Stupid Sensationalist news
     
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Interesting, maybe Google will be paying for the next edition of Linux!

Haha!
I'm sure google has put more into linux and open sorce development than any of us could dream of, so that's a non-issue
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Repost of old news? Didn't they found out that they didn't copy their code?
No, this is linux code that google DID copy. They removed all comments and licence information and then released it under the apache license instead of GPLv2.
    
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This is old news and a repost of sorts. Long story short, no patents were violated so no story.
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Linux is supposed to be open source and free.............
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No, this is linux code that google DID copy. They removed all comments and licence information and then released it under the apache license instead of GPLv2.
Correct.

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This is old news and a repost of sorts. Long story short, no patents were violated so no story.
Wrong. This isn't about patents, it's about violating the copyleft functions of the open source license. If true, then it would appear on the surface that Google has in fact violated the license. The implications are many, including (from the article where I first read about this):

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Naughton goes on to say, "I have serious doubts that Google's approach to the Bionic Library works under U.S. copyright law." But "what is potentially even more interesting is what happens if Google is right. If that is the case, Google has found a way to take Linux away from the open source community and privatize it."

If Google were sued and lost, however, Mueller claims that the development ecosystem built around the hugely popular Android mobile operating system would be at risk.

"If Google is proven wrong, pretty much that entire software stack -- and also many popular third-party closed-source components such as the Angry Birds game and the Adobe Flash Player -- would actually have to be published under the GPL," he writes. "A fully GPL'd Android would completely run counter to Google's Android strategy. Everyone would be free to use, modify and redistribute all of the affected software," and there would be "no more revenue opportunity for the developers of the affected applications, and the makers of Android-based devices would lose their ability to differentiate their products through proprietary add-ons."
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