“Following assertions that the files were just for testing and in some cases had already been deleted, Engadget’s Nilay Patel argued that the technical issues were irrelevant and the files’ very existence could make Google liable,” Electronista reports. “Even if removed from the current code tree, inserted automatically or absent from current phones, the attempts to change the licenses may have violated Oracle’s copyrights. ‘Somewhere along the line, Google took Oracle’s code, replaced the GPL [licensing] language with the incompatible Apache Open Source License, and distributed the code under that license publicly,’ Patel said. ‘That’s all it takes — if Google violated the GPL by changing the license, it also infringed Oracle’s underlying copyright.'”
Electronista reports, “Even outside of the contested code, Oracle has already pointed to more direct examples that it contended were direct copies of the Java technology it owns.”
More info and links in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: How about Google goes back to developing their own intellectual property, focusing on the things they’re good at, and stops following Apple around like a little lost puppy dog? While we’ll never be able to respect Google the way we once did, such changes would be a very welcome. A Microsoft by any other name would smell as sour.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “sparkplug” for the heads up.]