Android GPLv2 termination worries: one more reason to upgrade to GPLv3
Aug 23, 2011, 13:00 (4 Talkback[s])
"GPLv3 has improved termination provisions to codify this
approach, giving developers one more reason to upgrade.
Thanks to Android's commercial success, the kernel Linux, which
is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2,
is being distributed more than ever before. Whenever someone
distributes GPL-covered software, they must follow a few conditions
set forth in the license. These conditions try to give anyone who
receives the software both the legal permission and the practical
tools necessary to change and share the software themselves if they
Not all of the companies that distribute Android heed these
conditions. We've witnessed an uptick in GPL violation
reportsâ€"some convincing, others incomplete or
misinformedâ€"against these vendors.