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Just for the record...

Just for the record...

Posted Aug 22, 2011 17:35 UTC (Mon) by cdibona (subscriber, #13739)
Parent article: Android and the GPLv2 death penalty

Hi All;

Chris DiBona with Google here. If anyone actually finds Google out of compliance with an open source license, I and my team really really would like to know this! Please feel free to email me at or if you have any questions.

Now, obviously I don't really care about concern trolls that try to gin up false issues around android, but I and Google actually do care about what open source developers whose code we use think about us. We want to know if we make a mistake so we can fix it and more importantly we want to know how we can help.

So again, if you think a google product is out of complaince, contact me any time. That's the last thing we want!

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Just for the record...

Posted Aug 22, 2011 18:55 UTC (Mon) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239) [Link]

For what it's worth, after spending a lot of time looking into Android compliance, I've found no evidence that Google themselves are in any way in violation of their GPL obligations. I'd love to see Google do more in terms of encouraging compliance (such as tying use of the Android trademark to license compliance), and I think that in the long term they'd plausibly benefit from doing so, but they're under no obligation to and if they don't want to then that's their prerogative.

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