Has Bionic stepped over the GPL line?
Posted Mar 24, 2011 17:04 UTC (Thu) by butlerm
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You can't launder something that isn't copyrightable in the first place. As ably explained by the court in Baystate v. Bentley Systems (1996), technical interfaces aren't legitimately protected by copyright.
Google could take the entire internal technical interface to the Linux kernel modulo substantive inline functions, rewrite it in any form by any means whatsoever, distribute it under any "license" they feel like, and probably be entirely in the clear, so far as the law of the United States is concerned.
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