“Google could have avoided all this by building Android on top of IcedTea, a GPL-covered Java implementation based on Sun’s original code, instead of an independent implementation under the Apache License. … It’s sad to see that Google apparently shunned [the GPL’s] protections in order to make proprietary software development easier on Android.”
Carlo Piana relays an important message from his Oracle contacts to say that their action against Google is a one-off and not a sign of the commencement of general hostilities. Fascinating how it’s easier for them to do this than speak for themselves.
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