Google’s Android OS caught “Green Handed” reaching into Oracles Java cookie jar…

| January 21, 2011 | Reply


We have all heard about the current lawsuit that Oracle has brought against Google for patent and copyright infringement in the Android OS, but lets be honest, not a lot of us understand it.  Luckily for everyone Florian Mueller from FOSSpatents and Engadget have been able to break it down for everyone.  Essentially Oracle is saying that Google stole their Java code and used it in their Android mobile OS, and that seems hard to prove right? Not today! Florian uncovered what looks to be 37 Android Source files that are actually just copied and pasted Oracle Java files!  If this is true it seems pretty evident that Oracle has a valid point in their lawsuit.  Read on and let us know what you think.

Engadget says:

…At least 43 Android source files that appear to have been directly copied from Java. That’s a big deal, seeing as Oracle is currently suing Google for patent and copyright infringement in Android –which isn’t a hard case to prove when you’ve got 37 Android source files marked “PROPRIETARY / CONFIDENTIAL” and “DO NOT DISTRIBUTE” by Oracle / Sun and at least six more files in Froyo and Gingerbread that appear to have been decompiled from Java 2 Standard Edition and redistributed under the Apache open source license without permission. In simple terms? Google copied Oracle’s Java code, pasted in a new license, and shipped it…

Source Engadget.

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