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Android GPLv2 termination worries: one more reason to upgrade to GPLv3

Aug 23, 2011, 13:00 (4 Talkback[s])


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"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 wish.

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.

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