[License-discuss] Protecting database integrity

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Mon Mar 6 05:18:51 UTC 2017

On Sun, Mar 5, 2017 at 10:52 PM, Terrence Bull <terrence at woogloo.com> wrote:

I do wonder how Google makes Android open source yet requires everyone that
> makes ‘copies’ to be connected to the Play store. Do they have some sort of
> special open source license they use?

No, the license is straight Apache 2.0, except for the proprietary parts
that control the radio and the sensors.  Google's leverage over Android
manufacturers comes from the Android trademark, which they license only to
OEMs who follow their rules, and from the fact that they give advance
copies of new releases to those same OEMs.

John Cowan          http://vrici.lojban.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
Don't be so humble.  You're not that great.
        --Golda Meir
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