Re: Folks stealing their stuff?
As far as I can see, the source for components of CopperheadOS is provided. The kernel will be GPL-2, which was chosen by Linus specifically to permit a binary lock (as used in TV boxes), and openAndroid is Apache-2. Their non-commercial licence appears to be for the flashable ROM images that they construct for specific hardware configurations. These images are maintained, made freely available to hobbyists, and are licensed to hardware suppliers.
Their problem is with commercial operations using their ROM images without permission. This is analogous to Red Hat being tolerant of Centos recompiling their source code and making it available under the original licences, but being very unhappy with Oracle selling a Red Hat Clone under their own name and taking out a single support subscription with Red Hat. CopperheadOS's problem is the cost of locating and suing multiple organisation s cloning their images. Their only option is probably to stop the unrestricted free downloadable images, at least for new models.