[linux-elitists] Patent Proposals
Seth David Schoen
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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