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

From: Kurt Häusler
Subject: Re: Are Microsoft’s patent lawyers really this dumb?
Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2007 03:44:30 -0500
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On Sun, 08 Jul 2007 10:30:13 +0200, David Kastrup wrote:

> Sure.  What about "or any later version" did you not understand?
> However, that does not make the original copyright holder responsible
> for redistribution under the GPL 3, so it is you, the relicensor, that
> have to provide the patent protection if you can.  Which you likely
> can't.

Now I wrote most of the code, and placed the copyright under ownership of
the FSF. But aren't the issues of copyright and patent somewhat separate?

What does "patent protection" consist of in this case? I understand that
patent owners have to actively defend their patents against unlicensed
use by threatening lawsuits, but what can I do as a coder / distributor do
to protect others from said lawsuits beyond releasing the source under the
terms of the gplv3?

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