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360w ago - Maker of exploding batteries, Sony has been illegally dipping its toe into Open Sauce code libraries to build a PS2 game.

Open sourcer, Alexander Strange was snuffling around the European release of the game ICO when he noticed new files SRCFILE.TXT and TRFILE.TXT and had a look at them.

In amongst the tangled code were bits of the GPL library libarc for compressed data handling.

Sony, which is a big champion of protecting creative rights, has failed to credit the code's author or mention libarc or the GPL.

Strange said that there was not a lot of code there, just two files from libarc and they add up to about 1500 lines put together. But a GPL violation is still a GPL violation and Sony is pretty nasty when someone violates its copyrights.

He said that Shadow of the Colossus, the sequel to ICO, doesn't seem to use any other code.

Strange has tried to get hold of libarc's creator Masanao Izumo but he has not been able to contact him.

On some of the boards there is talk that if Sony are caught breaking the GLP it might have to open sauce the whole game.

More here in text form.



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