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This would probably be more work than taking the released Apache licensed code and re-deriving the LibreOffice code base from that through patches with the appropriate license.
Relicensing and rebasing LibreOffice
Posted May 30, 2012 7:43 UTC (Wed) by shmget (subscriber, #58347)
I'm confused... it is to the defendant to prove its innocence now-a-days ?
Posted May 30, 2012 8:03 UTC (Wed) by jamesh (guest, #1159)
In such a case, it would be pretty obvious that LibreOffice was derivative of the LGPL'd OpenOffice.org code from Sun/Oracle. It would be more work to prove that their work is derived from the Apache licensed release.
In contrast, if they had version control history that shows how a new version of LibreOffice was derived from the Apache licensed release, then the defence would be a lot easier.
I don't really know the specifics of US law, but in my country civil cases like this are decided "on the balance of probabilities" rather than "beyond reasonable doubt", so not offering a defence could easily lead to the case being decided against you.
Posted May 31, 2012 0:40 UTC (Thu) by shmget (subscriber, #58347)
1/ the suing party would have to have standing... so essentially Oracle
2/ the suing party would still have to substantiate their accusation, in which case the obvious 'defense' is to disprove the actual substantive claims.
PS: no party could make such a blanket claim... just like, if you publish a book I cannot just 'claim' that you are not the author, I'd have to point to a least a part of your book for which I can prove that I am the author... and that I did not license that part in a way that allow you to re-use it.
Posted May 31, 2012 8:42 UTC (Thu) by jamesh (guest, #1159)
The "What colour are your bits?" essay that was linked earlier is an interesting read and might give some perspective for this kind of concern.
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