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MS pulls Windows 7 tool after GPL violation claims

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 4 years ago

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Sam (666) writes "Ars Technica reports: Microsoft has pulled the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool from the Microsoft Store website after a report indicating that the tool incorporated open-source code in a way that violated the GNU's General Public License (GPL). Whether the software giant is actually violating the GPL, a widely used (including by the Linux kernel) free software license, is not confirmed. "We are currently taking down the Windows USB/DVD Tool (WUDT) from the Microsoft Store site until our review of the tool is complete," a Microsoft spokesperson told Ars. "We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience." The fact the company pulled the tool doesn't bode well, so we'll have to watch closely to see what the company puts back on its servers."

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Microsoft is doing it wrong ... (2, Informative)

TheWin32Guy (1278596) | more than 4 years ago | (#30050664)

If you use GPL code you don't pull the product down, but release the source code ...

So they've used GPL code, now it's time they release the sources also (the product is still out there, even if they pulled the download), I don't see any excuse not to release the source code.

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