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Wednesday May 04, 2011

The Apache Software Foundation Subpoenaed to Produce Documents in Oracle America vs. Google

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has received a [United States District Court subpoena] requiring the production of documents related to the use of Apache Harmony code in the Android software platform, and the unsuccessful attempt by Apache to secure an acceptable license to the Java SE Technology Compatibility Kit.

The request, received from Oracle America's attorneys on May 2nd gives the Foundation until May 13th, 2011 to produce the required materials. 
Apache will, of course, be complying with all court requirements.  As an open development group the majority of our documents are already publicly available.

Please address any discussion to the ASF Legal mailing list.

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Are there any plans to take futher action on the TCK issue? I think Google would be in big disadvantage unless ASF take TCK issue to court.

Posted by Daniel on May 05, 2011 at 01:57 AM GMT #

I always thought that going Java was a bad idea for Apache. I'd prefer to steer free of owned languages and develop with C/C++, Go and the like. Java was a 15 year misadventure into troubleland.

Posted by Roberto on May 05, 2011 at 09:15 AM GMT #

I wonder if all legal letters from the Foundation shouldn't be under a Creative Commons Copyright License, preferably one which has 'copyleft' provisions, so that any opponent who quotes a significant amount of your letter thus places his letter under your license? After all, why not make copyright work for you? Wayne

Posted by Wayne Borean on May 05, 2011 at 01:12 PM GMT #

Totally off-topic, but this is the Apache Foundation. Your biggest project runs over 60% of all webservers. So why can't your comments box handle something simple like HTML? Seems rather silly to me that it can't. Wayne

Posted by Wayne Borean on May 05, 2011 at 01:15 PM GMT #

Oracle is needing to hire an oracle, to show the way, it is lost.

Posted by Glaucio Feitosa Duda on May 05, 2011 at 02:04 PM GMT #

I don't understand what it means. If Android platform is making use of Harmony, then it is their call to make sure all is right in distributing Harmony along with its platform. Well, Java is open source so is Apache software, what is the issue????

Posted by Sarma on May 06, 2011 at 09:14 AM GMT #

Is Oracle prentending Google discussed about alleged misuses of Oracle code with the Apache Foundation? That's crazy! I would use the occasion to sue them about licence abuse in the TCK conflict...

Posted by Traroth on May 10, 2011 at 12:37 PM GMT #

I, personally, wouldn't draw any conclusions from this. It may be that Oracle is substantiating that an organization like Apache understands the licensing requirements surrounding the Java platform, so why wouldn't Google? Only Oracle's lawyers know for sure. It doesn't sound to me that Apache is being attacked.

Posted by Michael on May 13, 2011 at 01:08 PM GMT #

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