Re: GPL'ed Patent Pool
- From: Havoc Pennington <hp redhat com>
- To: Rob Landley <rob landley net>
- Cc: foundation-list gnome org, alan lxorguk ukuu org uk, Linas Vepstas <linas linas org>
- Subject: Re: GPL'ed Patent Pool
- Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 17:19:13 -0400
On Mon, 2004-09-13 at 18:39 -0500, Rob Landley wrote:
> On Monday 13 September 2004 17:36, Havoc Pennington wrote:
> > On Fri, 2004-09-10 at 15:40 -0500, Linas Vepstas wrote:
> > > RedHat sort-of tried to do this, but its so weak and
> > > half-hearted that its all but useless.
> > > http://www.redhat.com/legal/patent_policy.html
> > Certainly is not intended to be weak or half-hearted, doesn't look that
> > way to me. But I am not a lawyer.
> > Havoc
> I wouldn't describe it quite the same way Linas does, but:
I'm not a lawyer or able to speak for Red Hat, so won't try to argue
point-by-point, but in summary:
- I agree with you that the Red Hat policy isn't a "patent pool"
offering defense to others
- However I think it does clearly allow any open source software
(defined as a list of common licenses, to avoid ambiguity) to use any
Red Hat patents - that's the whole point
- I think the effect is that Red Hat patents are "GPL-like"
(only available to open source community, not to proprietary)
Most Red Hat developers are fairly proud of this patent policy. I don't
know of another company that offers anything similar.
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