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Re: GPL 3 and patents question

From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: GPL 3 and patents question
Date: Sat, 04 Feb 2006 17:22:50 -0500
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In article <>,
 John Hasler <> wrote:

> Graham Murray writes:
> > But the problem with the situation wrt the OP is that in his country
> > there are no software patents...
> And therefor he cannot infringe any.
> > ...and he does not know if the work he produces and licenses under GPL
> > would violate any patents in any other country.
> Not his problem.
> > So how is he supposed to put a geographical restriction on distribution
> > without the knowledge of the patent status in *every* other country?
> I don't believe that he has any obligation to do so.

Are you saying that this section of the GPL, which says he needs to do 
so, is meaningless?  Or are we just misinterpreting it?

Barry Margolin,
Arlington, MA
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