Android code does contain copied Java code!

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If you remember back in October, Oracle launched a huge lawsuit against Google, claiming that the Android OS was lifting code produced by them. While Google has disagreed with that fact, a little investigation by a blogger does reveal that Oracle was right after all.

It appears, according to FOSSpatents’ Florian Mueller, that the lifted code was decompiled from Java 2 Standard Edition and redistributed under the Apache open source licence without Oracle’s permission, and 37 of those files are Android source files marked wither “PROPRIETARY / CONFIDENTIAL” and “DO NOT DISTRIBUTE” by Oracle, and their new owners Sun Microsystems.

There are, according to Mueller, six more files showing more copying from Google that form part of Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

We don’t like to regurgitate content, as much as the next person, so we invite you to read Muller’s analysis about this entire lawsuit and his recent findings. While, below, we will leave you with a document that proves one case of infringement, after the jump.


1 AclEntryImpl synopsis