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From Ted Dunning <>
Subject Re: [math] new pseudo random number generators
Date Mon, 20 Sep 2010 14:02:20 GMT
On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 6:16 AM, Gilles Sadowski <> wrote:

> >
> > Sounds OK, but we should verify somehow that the algorithm itself is
> > not patented.  [...]
> This is probably not the place to start a discussion on the difference
> between patent and copyright :-}
> Copyright can apply to source code; neither patent nor copyright should
> apply to algorithms (even though American patent law has been subverted
> in order to include them).
> Does the Apache foundation give in to this "IP" bull<snip> ?

Apache generally tries to avoid trouble by settling the questions at
development time.  That isn't the same as "giving in", but you could read it
that way.  I prefer to think of it as having a different goal.

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