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New alleged evidence of Android infringement isn't a smoking gun

Jan 24, 2011, 23:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"Patent reform activist Florian Mueller has published what he believes to be new evidence of copyright infringement in Google's Android software platform. He has found files in the Android code repository that have Sun copyright headers identifying them as proprietary and confidential.

"A close look at the actual files and accompanying documentation, however, suggest that it's not a simple case of copy and paste. The infringing files are found in a compressed archive in a third-party component supplied by SONiVOX, a member of Google's Open Handset Alliance (OHA). SONiVOX, which was previously called Sonic, develops an Embedded Audio Synthesis (EAS) framework and accompanying Java API wrappers which it markets as audioINSIDE.

"When EAS was first published into to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code repository in 2008, one of the files that was included in the initial code commit was MMAPI.zip, which is stored in a subdirectory called misc. The zip archive appears to contain SONiVOX's implementation of a Java ME Mobile Media API (MMAPI) wrapper for EAS and a set of tools for porting and testing the implementation."

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