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Can redactions or NDAs enforce concealment of criminal activity, or are wistleblowers protected? | 264 comments | Create New Account
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We the public
Authored by: darrellb on Wednesday, December 12 2012 @ 12:56 PM EST
I don't see how any of the claims, counterclaims, or issues raised in pleadings
relate to the GPL at all. If one of the parties had raised GPL claims, then the
GPL subject would be relevant to the public's interest. Since the GPL isn't an
issue in the case, the fact that the public doesn't get to see those license
terms isn't relevant.

[ Reply to This | Parent | # ]

But what can Samsung do with the info?
Authored by: rsteinmetz70112 on Wednesday, December 12 2012 @ 02:30 PM EST
As I understand it pretty much the only part of Android under the GPL is the
Kernel. Samsung could make some contribution into the kernel, if they haven't
already, then raise the issue with HTC itself. Surely they have some qualified
programmers somewhere.

But I'm not sure what that gets them. It won't help with Apple since Apple
doesn't use Android.

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[ Reply to This | Parent | # ]

request a waiver - not that it matters
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, December 12 2012 @ 05:17 PM EST
I don't think that it matters though as those design pattents apply to design,
which is either the hardware or the user interface (BSD-licensed Android), so
neither touches the GNUlicensed Linux kernal.

But I guess they (or others) sued with those pattents might be able to request
HTC/Linux Foundation for a waiver
On which HTC would be forced to show the agreement, or withdraw from Android.
Which would loose them the US marked or European Andoid marked and a huge loss
for customers, but might increase Samsungs marked share, and pay-off for
continueing the fight.

MBB

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Can redactions or NDAs enforce concealment of criminal activity, or are wistleblowers protected?
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, December 13 2012 @ 02:33 AM EST
But can redactions be used to protect criminal activity such
as copyright infringement? I do not believe this is the case
in UK. I think it certainly isn't the case with NDAs where
contract law does not allow enforcement of contract
conditions which require either party to break the law -
although strictly speaking it only enforces concealment of
criminal activity.

[ Reply to This | Parent | # ]

But what can Samsung do with the info?
Authored by: PJ on Thursday, December 13 2012 @ 09:35 PM EST
That's my point. Unless it's public, the kernel
authors can't know if their rights have been
violated or not.

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