Google's clean Linux headers: Are they really that dirty?
Mar 30, 2011, 14:11 (9 Talkback[s])
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"According to Naughton, when building Android's Bionic library
– which provides application developers with access to
Android's underlying Linux kernel – Google stretched the
boundaries of copyright law by making use of the Linux header files
open sourced under the GNU Public License (GPLv2), which has a
strong copyleft provision. Google stripped programmer commentary
and other information from the files, arguing that these "cleaned"
files are no longer subject to copyright. Then, as part of Android,
it open sourced the files under a license with no copyleft
provision. But Naughton contends that the GPL may still apply