Google grants license for Apache Hadoop
Google has granted a license for one of its patents to the Apache Hadoop open source framework for distributed computing. Larry Rosen, the Apache Software Foundation's (ASF) legal counsel, says that several weeks ago he contacted Google about its recently granted MapReduce process patent – patent 7,650,331 ("System and method for efficient large-scale data processing") – for fear that it may be infringed by implementations of Hadoop or other Apache MapReduce projects.
Following a reply from Google's general counsel, Rosen says that he is "very pleased to reassure the Apache community about Google's continued generosity and commitment to the Apache Software Foundation and open source."
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