[linux-elitists] Patent Proposals
Tue Mar 20 14:04:24 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.
No, but... I believe Raph Levien has some patents, and has stated clearly
and in All The Usual Ways, that he is charging $0 and 0 cents licensing
to anything under GPL, inperpetuity or something like that. Full details
at advogato, of course. http://www.advogato.org/article/89.html
Now, if a few other geniuses with personal patents, and Certain Large
Companies With Huge Patent Portfolios (*) who want to chip in,
*) gosh, I wonder who that would be. Actually if we could
get 3 or more it would be nice.
...were to expand this to grant friendly licensing to anything DFSG
compliant, and basically establish a large group so it gets some notice,
we might have something tasty here.
* Heather * Adhere to your own act, and congratulate yourself if you have
done something strange and extravagant, and broken the monotony
of a decorous age. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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