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Re: Patents again

From: Paul Barker
Subject: Re: Patents again
Date: 17 Oct 2004 11:43:23 -0700

Abdullah Ramazanoglu wrote:
> - How about a GPP (General Public Patent) legal document which makes the
> patent the valid currency, just like GPL makes the source code the valid
> currency?

I am totally against software patents but here is a simple solution
for the above, for anyone who wants to use a patent to defend their

Register a patent and state that anyone can implement this patent for
their own use but may not distribute code (source or binary) based on
the patent except under the GNU GPL, version 2 or later.

Remember to throw this by a patent lawyer first (IANAL, etc).

Still, software patents are definitely the Wrong Thing.
Paul Barker

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