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MS admit their Windows 7 tool violated GPL

MS admit their Windows 7 tool violated GPL

We reported last week that Microsoft took down their popular Win 7 tool to investigate claims of a GPL violation breach. After completing their investigations they have held up their hands and said they were in fact at fault.

They are due to release a new Windows 7 Tool under the GPL after this admission of open source code violations. The free tool was available through the Microsoft Store for customers wishing to create an easy bootable drive on USB or DVD media.

ImageMaster had broken the GPL guidelines because it contained modified code that has been distributed without the necessary source code and because MS had appended their own. Microsoft said this was not the case and that while the code had been supplied by a third party it took responsibility for not having caught this violation during their own testing and review procedure.

Microsoft are now promising to take measures to apply what they have learned from this experience for future code reviews they perform.

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