Has Bionic stepped over the GPL line?
Posted Mar 23, 2011 7:18 UTC (Wed) by FlorianMueller
Parent article: Has Bionic stepped over the GPL line?
While this discussion here appears to have subsided for the most part, I wanted to post this quick update. Yesterday I published more evidence of Google's habit of GPL laundering in Android: BlueZ and ext4. The related headers are not part of the /include/ directory path like the headers that C libraries use. Google uniquely deprived those programs of their copyright/copyleft protection.
That blog post also links to a timeline that shows that GPL laundering is part of Google's modus operandi. They started in 2008 and do it all the time. The changelogs indicate this. And I'm sure other companies will now do this, too.
I also did an infographic that shows how Android-related intellectual property litigation has exploded since last year. There are now 37 Android-related intellectual property lawsuits. Those who claim that no one is going to assert IPRs in GPL'd software against Android should consider how litigious this environment undoubtedly is. Also, the huge number of Android-related patent lawsuits is in no small part due to Google's arrogant and reckless approach to other people's intellectual property rights, which takes us full circle back to the GPL laundering issue.
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