[Ma-linux] MS Protection racket?
serge at wroclawski.org
Wed Jun 6 08:56:51 EDT 2007
On Wed, Jun 06, 2007 at 08:09:43AM -0400, Keith Casey wrote:
> On 6/5/07, Serge Wroclawski <serge at wroclawski.org> wrote:
> >The first and most important issue around this is that the GPL3 has
> >patent protection clauses built in to it, so we're all safe. In fact,
> >we're safter than we were by means of Microsoft's distribution of Suse
> >says Eben Moglen. Even without that, the patent protection clause in
> Not quite....
> Every license agreement - GPL or not - is based on the rights which
> the *owner/creator* of such software grants you... but he can't give
> you any rights which he does not own.
The issue is Microsoft patents, and if Microsoft is giving away
GNU/Linux, it's a distributor, and as a distributor, granting royalty
free uses of its patents.
- Serge Wroclawski
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