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Re: FSF : lackeys of their corporate masters

From: Martin Dickopp
Subject: Re: FSF : lackeys of their corporate masters
Date: Sat, 08 May 2004 20:25:09 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> 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? 

Doesn't apply here, as detailed above.


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