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Microsoft forced to remove Win 7 tool

Microsoft forced to remove Win 7 tool

Microsoft have a little egg on their face today as they have been forced to remove download access to their popular Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool after claims that they are in fact using code licensed under the General Public License (GPL) without permission.

This all kicked off when Rafael Rivera via neowin.net spotted problems when “poking through the UDf-related internals of the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool”. Rivera stated that “a simple search of some method names and properties, gleaned from Reflectors output, revealed the source code was lifted from the CodePlex Hosted GPLv2 licensed ImageMaster project.”

Microsoft told Driverheaven earlier than they are looking into this issue and the tool has been removed from the Microsoft Store site until the investigations are complete and a verdict is reached.

Many people are probably wondering what  is wrong with Microsoft using open source code but there are terms to the license which are quite specific – use of code from a GPL licensed project has to include a disclaimer as to its use as well as a copy of the source code licensed under the same terms. By breaching these simple rules Microsoft lost the freedom to use and redistribute the code.

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