Last October, Oracle filed a suit suggesting that Google’s Android featured seven instances of copyrighted material. Now, software patent blogger Florian Mueller has stirred things up further by claiming to have identified 37 files marked “Proprietary/Confidential” in Android, which have supposedly been ripped directly from Sun’s Java code. Incidentally, Sun’s new owner is none other than – you guessed it – Oracle.
Mueller’s post on Foss Patents (which is ironically hosted on Google’s Blogspot) is remarkably thorough. Check it out if you dare, but be warned: you will fall asleep after the first two paragraphs.
Google hasn’t yet responded to the allegations, but Ed Burnette over on ZDNet quickly leapt to its defense. Ed’s opening leaves little to the imagination: “Sometimes the sheer wrongness of what is posted on the web leaves us speechless”. He then goes on to add that Meuller’s allegation “just isn’t true”. Fight! Fight! Fight!
Since the initial posts, Mueller and Burnette have continued their verbal sparring. They’re clearly very passionate men, but I think I can safely speak for all Mobotniks when I say we’d rather see them don inflatable sumo suits and fight to the death*.
*Or at least until one of them can’t get up.