Microsoft admits its GPL violation; will reissue Windows 7 tool under open-source lic
Microsoft officials confirmed on November 13 — a few days after pulling a Windows 7 download tool that allegedly contained improperly-licensed open-souce code
— that the company did, indeed violate the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).
Microsoft pulled the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
from the Microsoft Store on November 10 after a report by “Within Windows” blogger Rafael Rivera that he had found what looked to be open-source code in the tool
. Inclusion of open-source code isn’t a no-no, but Microsoft’s decision to put a restrictive, non-open-source license on the tool incorporating that code was. (The USB tool, which
Microsoft made available on October 22, is designed to help netbook users upgrade from XP to Windows 7 in a more streamlined way.)
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