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Operating (system) without a license: Does Section 4 of the GPL leave Google and Android device manufacturers unlicensed? (Part 2)

Posted on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011

BY Edward J. Naughton

In my previous post, I explained how Section 4 of GPLv2 plays a critical role in GPL enforcement actions brought by the SFC and the SFLC.  By immediately terminating rights for non-compliance and requiring express permission from the licensor to reestablish those rights, Section 4 provides a stout club that can be used against companies who rely on GPL code in their products but fail to adhere to the complicated requirements for that license.  In this post, I want to examine what that might mean for an Android ecosystem that is not a model of GPL compliance.

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License revoked: Applying Section 4 of the GPL and the lessons of Best Buy to Google’s Android

Posted on Monday, Aug 8, 2011

BY Edward J. Naughton

Not long ago, open source advocates sued more than a dozen major consumer electronics manufacturers, claiming that the manufacturers had lost the right to use GPL’d software in their devices.  It looks like the same could be said of Android: virtually every one is unlicensed.

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Because Android “Is Not Open Source,” The Mozilla Foundation Plans To Build A New MobileOS

Posted on Monday, Aug 1, 2011

BY Edward J. Naughton

You know how the old saying goes: if you are going to talk the talk, you’d better walk the walk.

Google has long touted Android as “open,” but as many (including me) have chronicled, it hasn’t been walking the walk.

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