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Re: Are Microsoft’s patent lawyers really this dumb?

From: Peter
Subject: Re: Are Microsoft’s patent lawyers really this dumb?
Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2007 21:16:11 +1200
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Kurt Häusler wrote:
> I am a bit worried myself as I used to work for a company writing open
> source linux drivers (but not in the kernel or any distros) implementing
> patented protocols and algorithms with permission, under the gpl2 (or any
> later version), just trying to do the right thing, currently I and a
> couple of others are still distributing them (and won't be suing anyone
> for using it!). I think the patents have since been sold. 

Is the software that you are distributing covered by patents?  If so, who
owns the patents?

> Who knows what the legal consequences are, it might be a good idea to
> stop distributing them, which seems somewhat counter to the goals of
> software freedom to me.

If you don't have the right to distribute the software, then that isn't a
fault of GPL.
> On the other hand, I like the idea of protecting the users (and other
> coders) from patent lawsuits so updating the gpl to version 3 seems
> tempting too but is it my right to do so?

Who has copyright to the software?  AFAIK, you can put whatever licence on
the software that you create.




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