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Re: FSF : lackeys of their corporate masters

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: FSF : lackeys of their corporate masters
Date: Sat, 08 May 2004 00:46:10 +0200

Martin Dickopp wrote:
> The problem with free software and patents isn't that I as the author of
> a free software package couldn't obtain a patent license.  The problem
> is that the software is only free if *everybody* can use, modify, and
> redistribute it.  Therefore, the patents in the pool would have to be
> licensed so that everybody can use the patented "technology" for no
> charge, in which case the pool would no longer be a leverage against
> other patent holders.  

Ever heard of "grantback" patent licensing provisions? 


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