Android SDK is now proprietary

In order to use the SDK, you must first agree to this License Agreement. You may not use the SDK if you do not accept this License Agreement.

This sentence alone already violates freedom 0, the freedom to use the program for any purpose without restrictions.

Oh Google.

  • Open!

  • I thought it was open source. Can they actually do this?

    • They can… Open Source means you can modify it at your own will… but will be bound by a license agreement… That’s my poor understanding of open source.

      Same as Open Source doesn’t mean it’s free: you can still be charged money for Open Source software, which is a way to license it… but you can do with it whatever.

      But that’s my understanding… I may be completely wrong… I take it as “we are open… as long as you agree to our definition of open”

    • Techpm

      The code is still Google’s, they can do whatever they want.

      What they can’t is change the rules retrospectively, so for old releases the the old license still applies (that’s what was now forked). For new releases the new license applies.

  • Joe

    That sentence alone does not negate anything. You can’t use the GPL without abiding by it either. Don’t be stupid.

    • Techpm

      From the GPL:

      “You are not required to accept this License in order to receive or run a copy of the Program.”

      You might want to recheck your sources.

      • Lukas

        You’re not required to accept any license, but if you don’t, you’re not licensed for whatever the license is for! Copying GPL stuff without accepting the GPL license is a copyright violation. So Joe is right, and you are wrong.

  • I’d feign surprise, but the writing was on the wall when they started withholding the Android source code.

    Gotta stop those mean Asian handset makers from using your “open” operating system to develop their own, after all.

    • Lukas

      They don’t withhold the Android source code. You can go ahead and download it right now. Not that you’d know from only reading the Loop, though.

      Apple bloggers spent countless hours writing about how evil Google was for not releasing the Honeycomb source, but exactly zero for when Google went back to its regular source code drops. Instead, you get tons of “open” jokes. Enjoy.

  • Lukas

    Sucks, but still lightyears ahead of the crap iOS devs have to go through.

  • “Update: It has been pointed out by some people that the SDK Terms and Conditions are older than previously assumed. Google only requires explicit agreement now and shows the terms before download. That wasn’t the case earlier.”

    Nothing new here. The license isn’t an issue. It never has been fully open.