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  • #41
    Yay GPL!

    Say what you want: GPL works. The Alternative for Samsung would have been to lose all rights to distribute Android.

    So, how do you think this would have gone with a non-copyleft license?

    Besides: GPLv2 already contains an implicit patent grant, so Samsung had better work this out — with the explicit GPL release (GPLv2 or later), they are obliged to ensure that downstream recipients aren’t restricted - as long as Samsung distributes the code¹. See http://en.swpat.org/wiki/GPLv2_and_patents

    ¹: For Samsung this would at least be damage-minimization (of their own infringement): If Microsoft starts the patent-war, Samsung won’t lose the right to all GPL code in Linux, just the right to distribute this part (and the code is officially out).

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    • #42
      Originally posted by ArneBab View Post
      Besides: GPLv2 already contains an implicit patent grant, so Samsung had better work this out — with the explicit GPL release (GPLv2 or later)
      Yep, looks like Samsung forgot to remove the "or any later version" part. Looks like a mistake, since the Linux kernel itself doesn't require it.

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      • #43
        Originally posted by RealNC View Post
        Yep, looks like Samsung forgot to remove the "or any later version" part. Looks like a mistake, since the Linux kernel itself doesn't require it.
        I don’t think they just forgot it, that would be too big an oversight. It could be part of the agreement with the conservancy, though - but both won’t be talking about that

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