Re: Spring Loaded Folders Reloaded

Might be a good cause for the gnome foundations, FSF or redhat to try to persuade apple to do this? In cases like this it's a good thing to have respected & known representatives. Since it's not yet at a point where lawyers or anything are involved, it wouldn't be to expensive for said foundations/companies?

Shaun McCance wrote:
On Fri, 2003-02-28 at 11:43, Alexander Larsson wrote:
On 28 Feb 2003, Christophe Fergeau wrote:

However, looking at the Apple latest patent [1], it is clear that the 
patch would make Nautilus violates claim 1 of that patent.
To my eyes, the more sensible thing to do with respect to patent is to
never read any so that you can say you didn't know about it if there is
some problems :)
Moreover, this apple patent is probably valid in a few countries, and I
don't think it's really fair to reject this patch because it's illegal
in the us (and maybe a few other countries). You can #ifdef it out in
the problematic countries if you want to be safe :)
That would mean you can't distribute nautilus.

>From the GPL:
7.  If, as a consequence of a court judgment or allegation of patent 
infringement or for any other reason (not limited to patent issues), 
conditions are imposed on you (whether by court order, agreement or 
otherwise) that contradict the conditions of this License, they do not 
excuse you from the conditions of this License. If you cannot distribute 
so as to satisfy simultaneously your obligations under this License and 
any other pertinent obligations, then as a consequence you may not 
distribute the Program at all. For example, if a patent license would not 
permit royalty-free redistribution of the Program by all those who receive 
copies directly or indirectly through you, then the only way you could 
satisfy both it and this License would be to refrain entirely from 
distribution of the Program.

Has anybody contacted Apple about this?  Given how much they've borrowed
from free software lately, they may be willing to grant some sort of
free license for spring-loaded folders to free software.

desktop-devel-list mailing list
desktop-devel-list gnome org

[Date Prev][Date Next]   [Thread Prev][Thread Next]   [Thread Index] [Date Index] [Author Index]