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In Israel, Class-Action Plaintiff Requests Waze Source Code Under GPL 75

Posted by timothy
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jonklinger (1166633) writes "A class action lawsuit was brought against Waze (a community-based traffic and navigation app), claiming that their source code and map data were licensed to Waze by the community under the GPL. The plaintiff, Roey Gorodish, requests a copy of the recent source code and map data. This is (as far as I know) the first ever GPL class action suit, too bad it will be quashed by bad facts later as I see it." Google seems to do a credible translation of this source article.
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In Israel, Class-Action Plaintiff Requests Waze Source Code Under GPL

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  • by interkin3tic (1469267) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @11:57AM (#46593333)
    Google owns waze. [forbes.com]
  • problems (Score:5, Informative)

    by jbolden (176878) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @12:06PM (#46593415) Homepage

    The article linked is really quite good. According to the article are 2 prongs to the suit the code and the data.

    Waze version 2 was GPLv2. Wave version 3 was proprietary. Waze claimed it rewrote the code. Roey Gorodish wants to examine the code to prove there was a violation but Israeli law doesn't allow discovery without some evidence. As an aside I also have question in that as as I know if Waze owns the code they can multilicense it. Roey Gorodish IMHO would have to find his code not just any code.

    There is also the question of map data. Freemap’s data was released both proprietary and GPL and then only proprietary. I'm not sure what the basis of the claim is.

  • by Jane Q. Public (1010737) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @12:22PM (#46593581)

    "Under US law you have no right to the source code. "

    Ahem... if Mr. Gorodish is correct, and Waze was licensed under GPLv2, then we do in fact have a right to the source code, and Google would be breaking the law by not providing it.

    GPL v2:

    3. You may copy and distribute the Program (or a work based on it, under Section 2) in object code or executable form under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above provided that you also do one of the following:

    a) Accompany it with the complete corresponding machine-readable source code, which must be distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange; or,

    b) Accompany it with a written offer, valid for at least three years, to give any third party, for a charge no more than your cost of physically performing source distribution, a complete machine-readable copy of the corresponding source code, to be distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange; or,

    c) Accompany it with the information you received as to the offer to distribute corresponding source code. (This alternative is allowed only for noncommercial distribution and only if you received the program in object code or executable form with such an offer, in accord with Subsection b above.)


    . . .

    6. Each time you redistribute the Program (or any work based on the Program), the recipient automatically receives a license from the original licensor to copy, distribute or modify the Program subject to these terms and conditions. You may not impose any further restrictions on the recipients' exercise of the rights granted herein. You are not responsible for enforcing compliance by third parties to this License."

    In this particular instance, "you" would mean Google. If, that is, Waze was GPLed.

  • by Richard_at_work (517087) <richardpriceNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Thursday March 27, 2014 @12:32PM (#46593683)

    Actually gnasher is correct - you have no *right* to the source code, you only have a *right* to either insist they abide by the licence terms or be in violation of copyright, and if its the latter then you need someone whose copyright is being violated to bring suit against them as no one else can do it in their stead.

  • Re:WTF if Waze? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Soulskill (1459) Works for Slashdot on Thursday March 27, 2014 @12:41PM (#46593759) Homepage

    Not at all -- I've updated the summary to include that.

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