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From Ferdinand Soethe <ferdin...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [ANN] odt plugin
Date Fri, 21 Apr 2006 04:57:57 GMT

David Crossley wrote:

> Heads up. An alarm bell was triggered by the
> word "OASIS". Please ensure that ASF ideals are met.

Hi David,

I found this in the list. Is this good enough for us?

> To various lists:
> 
> In a welcome move toward open software standards in OASIS, Sun Microsystems
> has covenanted not to enforce its patents against implementations of the
> Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) specification.
> [See http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/office/ipr.php.]
> 
> This is a good thing because it allows the development of free and open
> source implementations of office applications without fear of patent
> infringement claims by Sun.
> 
> Most important, because this is from Sun, a company that plays an important
> leadership role in many standards organizations, this is an example for
> other OASIS member companies to follow. It proves once and for all that
> patent holders in OASIS working groups can find reasonable ways to allow
> their patents to be implemented for software standards without demanding
> royalties or imposing burdens of license execution and restrictions on
> sublicensing.
> 
> I hope that other patent holders will do the same for the OASIS standards to
> which they contribute.  
> 
> If they follow this lead, we will no longer have the spectres of patent
> infringement lawsuits and RAND-type licensing for software applications that
> implement OASIS standards. Both open source and proprietary software can
> thrive in that environment.
> 
> /Larry Rosen
> 
> Lawrence Rosen
> Rosenlaw & Einschlag, technology law offices (www.rosenlaw.com)
> 3001 King Ranch Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
> 707-485-1242  *  fax: 707-485-1243
> Author of "Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom and 
>    Intellectual Property Law" (Prentice Hall 2004) 
>    [Available also at www.rosenlaw.com/oslbook.htm]
>  




--
Ferdinand Soethe


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