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Are Mobile Apps Violating Open Source Licenses?

Mar 08, 2011, 23:05 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"There are a lot of mobile apps that use open source software, but how many of them are in compliance with open source licensing rules? As it turns out, not very many.

"A new study from open source services vendor OpenLogic reports that 71 percent of Apple iOS and Google Android apps are not in compliance. OpenLogic scanned 635 apps, including both free and paid on the Apple App store and Google Android Marketplace. Of those 635 scanned apps, 52 apps include Apache licensed code while 16 included GPL/LGPL licensed code.

"Both the GPL/LGPL and the Apache open source licenses require developers to provide copies of the licenses. With the GPL/LGPL the license also requires that developers provide a means by which users can get the source code. OpenLogic has a scanning tool called, OSS Deep Discovery, which helps to identify when open source code is being used."

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