Android SDK Licence changes

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cornelha

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Dec 14, 2007
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I was reading an interesting blog post this morning about changes to the android SDK licence. Now after reading through the licence, a large part seems to be indemnity from liability should a developer behave poorly and steal his users phone number.
With that being said a portion of this stuck out like a sore thumb, which affects many users here on xda:

3.3 You may not use the SDK for any purpose not expressly permitted by this License Agreement. Except to the extent required by applicable third party licenses, you may not: (a) copy (except for backup purposes), modify, adapt, redistribute, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, or create derivative works of the SDK or any part of the SDK; or (b) load any part of the SDK onto a mobile handset or any other hardware device except a personal computer, combine any part of the SDK with other software, or distribute any software or device incorporating a part of the SDK.

Basically, the last line states that adb may not be shipped with other software. This means downloading the complete SDK to use adb alongside another application. Now I don't know about many of you, but I for one only update my SDK when my device is running a new release of android, and then only when it has become stable. The SDK is not a small download either and many countries have restrictions on data, whether its because its rather expensive or not generally available in the area.
 
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