[linux-elitists] Patent Proposals

Seth David Schoen schoen@loyalty.org
Tue Mar 20 13:41:18 PST 2001

Mr . Bad writes:

>         * Propose a new GNU-style license for patents, so that patents
>           already in their portfolio can be licensed for free to all
>           takers, with provisos about patenting derivative works
>           and/or making patent attacks in the future -- kind of like a
>           preemptive patent swap.          
>           There are probably any number of lawyers or law professors
>           who would be happy to create this kind of patent license.

I once suggested this to Richard Stallman, who noted that patents don't
have the same "derived works" restrictions that copyrights do.
Therefore, a copyleft-style license for patents would not be able to
restrict future patents' licensing very effectively.

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