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Android and the GPLv2 death penalty

Android and the GPLv2 death penalty

Posted Aug 15, 2011 19:05 UTC (Mon) by martinfick (subscriber, #4455)
Parent article: Android and the GPLv2 death penalty

It would be interesting if some "troll", or even large company, tried to use this against another company as a retaliatory move to patent lawsuits. I suspect Google has a significant enough contribution to GPLedv2 code to potentially use this to defend itself against some patent litigation, but this would require its aggressors to use that code.


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Android and the GPLv2 death penalty

Posted Aug 15, 2011 19:31 UTC (Mon) by danieldk (subscriber, #27876) [Link]

Use that code... *and* violate the license.

I guess it is a very difficult legal 'attack vector'. But we have been surprised by the creativity of legal departments/lawyers before ;).

Android and the GPLv2 death penalty

Posted Aug 15, 2011 21:23 UTC (Mon) by jengelh (subscriber, #33263) [Link]

>I guess it is a very difficult legal 'attack vector'.

/me thinks of a CVE-like database of legal vulnerabilities, completely with AV score and all that

Android and the GPLv2 death penalty

Posted Aug 15, 2011 21:36 UTC (Mon) by martinfick (subscriber, #4455) [Link]

Nice. :) or? :(

Although, I am suggesting to view these not as vulnerabilities, but rather as defenses. Once a company violates the GPL2, they get stuck in a DB. Authors could search the db to correlate users/violators of their code with people suing them, or otherwise being malicious.

While I could see some bad uses of such a DB, it seems like mostly it could be used to attempt to police bad FLOSS citizens by FLOSS authors.


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