[linux-elitists] FAT is the new GIF?

Greg KH greg at kroah.com
Mon Mar 16 09:22:17 PDT 2009


On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 09:14:48AM -0700, Don Marti wrote:
> begin Greg KH quotation of Mon, Mar 02, 2009 at 04:14:58PM -0800:
> > On Mon, Mar 02, 2009 at 10:52:00AM -0800, Don Marti wrote:
> > > begin Greg Folkert quotation of Mon, Mar 02, 2009 at 12:02:45PM -0500:
> > > > On Mon, 2009-03-02 at 07:53 -0800, Greg KH wrote:
> > > > > It's identical.
> > > 
> > > So what's the rule for how much of a patent beef
> > > there needs to be about something to get it kicked
> > > out of the kernel?
> > 
> > That's a really good question, I don't know.
> > 
> > The problem is that some of the patents are not valid in all countries
> > except for the US.  So it's just fine for you to write extended file
> > names on vfat in Europe with Linux kernel code.
> > 
> > I'll ask some lawyers I know about this and see what they say.
> 
> Any word back from any lawyers?

Yes, sorry, they said, "it depends on the issue at hand, bring us
specifics and we'll be glad to discuss it."

In other words, no specific answer, who would have guessed :)

thanks,

greg k-h


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