Anything Google is open-source. They are allow to be included.Not to try and wet blanket the thread, I had a similar conversation with my wife. Back when I first rooted and hacked my droid, I had to show it off to my wife. She was dumbfounded and asked me why I had turned into one of the people she has heard me threaten over the years, hackers. She did not understand the difference between me hacking my phone, and someone hacking into a politicians email to try and destroy them. Or someone trying to hack into my computer to try and destoy me, my computer or my identity.
I did get her straightened out, but in the conversation I did see that we are talking a grey line here. Sure we bought the phone, but how many paid full retail? How many folks would pay retail for a replacement if they hack it oblivion? Folks here like to pat themselves on the back about not having any truely bricked phones (Bill???), but from months of reading threads I can guarantee you that lots of phones that were not technically bricked went home to VZW. Did any of these folks use insurance?
Clearly this tech was not too smart about phone hacking, but had he said that it was wrong and not illegal, perhaps we might have a slightly different conversation. Or, perhaps he was referring to at least one the major dev's out there who was "served" with notice to not include google apps in his romming. Don't know if the "serve" was an email, a letter or something with a signature containing esquire, but clearly on the line of someone potentially going legal for perceived illegality.