It’s possible you may have missed the latest fuss, so I’ll recap it in one sentence.
Note the way that I’ve worded things. To the best of my knowledge Florian has no programming experience. Based on his previous writing he has little or no experience or knowledge in copyrights and patents, even though he runs a blog called FossPatents that claims
This blog covers software patent news and issues with a particular focus on the competitiveness of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).
He also has a Twitter account named FOSSPatents too. But anyone can claim to be an expert. Actually writing something that makes sense is harder, and this is where Florian falls flat on his face. Quite frankly the man doesn’t appear to be all that bright. Of course if you are reading this, you already know how little respect I have for certain people.
OK, so Florian is claiming that Google has infringed on Oracle’s copyrights, and he’s written up a huge explanation of what he’s found. But he’s not a programmer. In other words, he most probably doesn’t have the skills to evaluate what he’s looking at.
Curiously his arguments sound just like the arguments that Ken Brown of The Alexis de Tocqueville Institution made in Samizdat, his as yet unpublished proof that Linus Torvalds isn’t responsible for the Linux Kernel. It’s what, only six years overdue?
So does Florian Müller Work For The Alexis de Tocqueville Institution? I don’t know, but it sure looks like it.
In other words, I don’t believe Florian. As I said, I don’t think he has the skills or the smarts to properly evaluate stuff like this. Hell, based on his previous writing I don’t think he even has the smarts to know where to look without being given detailed instructions.
I think that someone sent him there, with instructions on what to write about. Which leads us to the question, who actually put those files there?
Saturday January 22, 2011
References:New evidence supports Oracle’s case against Google Lawyers Versus Geeks In Android Copyright Spat Oops: No copied Java code or weapons of mass destruction found in Android Copied code not in Android source after all (updated) Android OS bombshell: Did Google illegally lift copyrighted code? Android source code, Java, and copyright infringement: what’s going on? New alleged evidence of Android infringement isn’t a smoking gun Licenses seem incorrect… Does Google Pin Copyright Violations On the ASF? Comments in Android code might hurt Google’s battle against Oracle