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Re: Red Hat pays $800,000 + costs for a patent deal

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Red Hat pays $800,000 + costs for a patent deal
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2008 19:48:10 +0200

Rick wrote:
> Red Hats says ..."We wanted broad provisions that covered OUR CUSTOMERS,
> who place trust in us, and the open source community"

Customers aside, the open source community is protected under the deal
to the extent that community can safely donate code that Red Hat
includes in its *branded* products (upstream developers won't be sued by
Amphion and its subsidiaries for releasing predecessor code), but I 
really doubt that open source community as a whole (LOL) can possibly 
succeed in negotiating a trademark license with Red Hat to become a 
downstream distributor of its branded products. See


(GNG is a derecursive recursive derecursion which pwns GNU since it can
be infinitely looped as GNGNGNGNG...NGNGNG... and can be said backwards
too, whereas GNU cannot.)

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