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Android and the GPLv2 death penalty

Android and the GPLv2 death penalty

Posted Aug 17, 2011 18:36 UTC (Wed) by misiu_mp (guest, #41936)
Parent article: Android and the GPLv2 death penalty

It's been said before, but i will reiterate: Android, Google, Honeycomb do not violate the GPL (to date)! All GPL licensed parts are disclosed in code as required.
If they would violate the GPL and were stupid enough to insist on doing so, I would feel no compassion for them.
This Mueller type &co are obviously waging a dirty war against Android, but on behalf of whom exactly?


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Android and the GPLv2 death penalty

Posted Aug 18, 2011 7:29 UTC (Thu) by etrusco (subscriber, #4227) [Link]

Again: This article (and Naughton's one) is not about any infringement in Android, is about the implication of previous infringement/convictions by cell phone manufacturers like Samsung and LG.

Android and the GPLv2 death penalty

Posted Aug 18, 2011 16:10 UTC (Thu) by misiu_mp (guest, #41936) [Link]

Mueller's article is explicitly about copyright violations in Android.

Android and the GPLv2 death penalty

Posted Aug 22, 2011 19:24 UTC (Mon) by jdv (subscriber, #712) [Link]

Google indeed probably does not violate the GPL, not even with the Honeycomb version (although I seem to remember there was a bit of complaining about the time it sometimes takes them to post source code).

But individual manufacturers may very well violate the GPL -- the fact that Google has source code available somewhere does not absolve them of offering the code as well (either on the CD you get with your phone, or with a 'written offer' to provide the source to you). It appears that many phone manufacturers do this rather well, but others don't. In the worst case, this might lead to those manufacturers having their license to distribute Android be revoked, and thus would not be able to sell Android phones anymore.


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