Mar 8, 2011

Potential Open Source License Violations In Android and iOS Apps?


One of the reasons a lot of big companies shy away from using open source software is because the plethora of open source licenses can make things confusing. The licenses themselves can be confusing, as there are a lot of grey areas with very little case law to help make things clear. Some open source licenses are compatible with certain other open source licenses, but completely incompatible with others. Of course, open source software does get used, intentionally and unintentionally, in a great number of commercial products, and I think we’re seeing more and more companies figuring out how to “Do The Right Thing” with respect to license compliance. A report unveiled today at AnDevCon, an Android developer conference in San Francisco, raises some questions about the use and misuse of open source software in apps for both Android and iOS devices. OpenLogic, a company that advocates.......

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