Microsoft accused of violating GPL, pulls Windows 7 tool

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Matthew

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Microsoft is facing a bit of heat after being accused of using open source code in a way that violates the GNU's General Public License (GPL). The code being questioned was found by the Within Windows blog in Microsoft's Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. Redmond has since halted distribution of the tool, saying yesterday that it was investigating the allegations.

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kimsland

Ex-TechSpotter
ImageMaster
The General Public License, like other open-source licenses, allows code to be freely used by others, but has its own set of terms and conditions, such as sharing any modifications made to the code
Looks like MS violated those "terms and conditions" with large modifications

The MS specific download page is now down (pulled).
Awaiting a large financial transaction to imagemaster
OK that last sentence is crap, but probably what will happen ;)
 

nazartp

TS Booster
Meh. Happens to a lot of companies, quite accidentally. Some developer decided to use some program as the basis, component or a tool and was too lazy to read the licensing terms. Show of hands - how many of us read all terms and conditions for every piece of software that we use? The issue is just less common and more visible with big corporations.
 

tengeta

TS Enthusiast
Crap, didn't even know there was something like that for Windows... anywhere its left still?
 
G

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this is not the 1st time microsoft has violated the gpl.thanks to god, this got caught otherwise few years later it would have patented it.Microsoft has never innovated anything. it has not invented dos also.it has just copied everything and had patented it.we work hard and create software so that poor people have to pay only for hardware costs and not for any software.
 
G

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They also copied PLURK's source code.
http://blog.plurk.com/2009/12/14/microsoft-rips-plurk/
 
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