The Oracle-Google Mess: A Question - Are Any of the Patents Tied to a Specific Machine?

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 13, 2010 10:37 PM EDT
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First, the complaint. We'll have to wait for the answer to know specifically what Google's defenses are, but I know some of you are asking why the GPL isn't blocking Oracle's copyright claims, at a minimum, let alone the patents. Because Google apparently didn't use the GPL'd version. We'll see if Google's clean room workaround stands up. I'm sure they considered their steps super carefully, but as we saw in the SCO saga, you can still get sued even if a plaintiff is pretty sure he'll lose in the end. I am puzzled why corporations that understand so much about openness still struggle with the GPL. It would protect you, you know. Oracle distributes Linux, after all. Think about it.

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a seriously awesome post go PJ! tuxchick 7 1,084 Aug 16, 2010 7:01 PM

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