Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool uses lifted GPL code

Example of reflected Microsoft tool code and ImageMaster source code on CodePlexI had read this post on Rafel’s blog, yesterday, of a side-by-side code comparison, about how Microsoft's Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool uses code that was obviously lifted from the CodePlex-hosted GPLv2-licensed ImageMaster project, revealed by Reflector’s output. However, the author of the ImageMaster […]

Example of reflected Microsoft tool code and ImageMaster source code on CodePlex

I had read this post on Rafel’s blog, yesterday, of a side-by-side code comparison, about how Microsoft's Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool uses code that was obviously lifted from the CodePlex-hosted GPLv2-licensed ImageMaster project, revealed by Reflector’s output. However, the author of the ImageMaster was not contacted by Microsoft.

I see two problems here. (I’m not a FSF professional, so there may be more.)

First, Microsoft did not offer or provide source code for their modifications to ImageMaster nor their tool. According to GPLv2.

Second, Microsoft glued in some of their own licensing terms, further restricting your rights to the software (TermsOfUse.rtf). According to their terms .... "You may not ... publish the software for others to copy."

I understand Microsoft is a big company and that this could

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