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Re: The GPL and Patents: ROFL

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: The GPL and Patents: ROFL
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:00:35 -0000
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RJack <> writes:

> On 8/20/2010 2:19 PM, Hyman Rosen wrote:
>> If you wish to copy and distribute software which incorporates
>> patented processes under the GPL, you must arrange for all downstream
>> recipients to have the same rights to practice the patent that you do
>> when they further use, copy, and distribute the software under the
>> GPL. If the patents are your own, that's simple. If they're not, that
>> could be considerably complicated.
>> The point is to avoid the promissory estoppel
> You keep talking about promissory estoppel and you're gonna' piss off
> a whole lot of your GNUtian friends including your mother PJ.

If you don't have a clue what you are talking about, you could just shut
up instead if trying to come up with something you imagine to sound
offensive in the ear of adults.  That would make you look less stupid.
On the other hand, that does not seem like a goal you could identify

>> that would result from ostensibly distributing free software but
>> actually having that software be encumbered so that some users would
>> not have the freedom that the GPL is supposed to guarantee.

David Kastrup

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