Google should strip out unreferenced symbols... but it probably doesn't matter
Posted Mar 23, 2011 21:06 UTC (Wed) by rgmoore
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Parent article: Has Bionic stepped over the GPL line?
Either they both are, or neither. Whatever it is that makes one copyrightable also makes the other copyrightable; they rise and fall together.
Even if both are copyrightable, Google's ability to use them without getting in copyright trouble is not necessarily the same. It may be fair use to copy the public symbols because they are part of a defined interface and hence necessary for compatibility. The same does not hold for the internal interface.
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