Re: Software Patents: The Lowest Common Denominator
- From: Jeff Waugh <jdub perkypants org>
- To: foundation-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Software Patents: The Lowest Common Denominator
- Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 13:41:36 +1000
<quote who="Alan Horkan">
> In an effort to let developers do what they do best and get on with
> developing software  so I would like to propose a standard build flag
> which could be used to fence off code that could be effected by software
A few mostly rhetorical questions:
Are you violating the patent by implementing it with code, or by building
it into a binary (and then distributing it)? I would be hard pressed to
agree if you suggested the latter.
Violating a patent with knowledge and intent is generally punished more
ferociously than doing so unwittingly. In some jurisdictions, it amounts
to triple damages. A "--unencumbered" build flag would clearly demonstrate
knowledge and intent in the implementation.
Would the absence of this build flag deny our ability to efficiently draw
lines thicker than one pixel on the screen , or just the ones we're
*really* worried about (please provide definition for real worry)?
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