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RMS weighs into Google GPL debate

Mar 24, 2011, 21:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

[ Thanks to Sam Varghese for this link. ]

"iTWire asked Stallman for an opinion as, increasingly, the allegations against the company appear to be driven by opposing commercial interests, the most recent evidence of which was Microsoft's filing of a case against Barnes and Noble over the use of Android in its tablet, the Nook.

"'The allegations are that Google, in creating its Android program based in part on the Linux kernel, uses scripts to 'cleanse' Linux core header files, removing comments and some code," Stallman was told. "It asserts that the result contains no copyrighted material from Linux and distributes Android generally under an Apache licence which is less demanding as a copyleft matter on Google and on resellers than GPL v.2.'"

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