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Closing the Honeycomb Code May Open a Legal Can of Worms

May 06, 2011, 09:09 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edward J. Naughton)

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"One of the basic principles of free and open source software is the principle of "copyleft", which is enshrined in the General Public License (GPL). Under copyleft, everyone is free to use, copy, modify, improve, and share GPL'd code, but there's an important and uncompromising condition: if you modify and distribute the code, you must make the code, and any works derived from it, available for use by others. If you don't, you've violated the terms of the license and copyright law.

"Those who enforce the GPL say that there isn't supposed to be any delay in providing the code. GPL-Violations.org emphasizes that the "GPL demands that as soon as you distribute GPL licensed software in executable format you make available the complete corresponding source code." HTC has been excoriated by the community for delays of 90 to 120 days."

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