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From robert burrell donkin <robertburrelldon...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Harmony Podlling Quarterly Report
Date Sun, 31 Jul 2005 19:27:09 GMT
On 7/31/05, Dalibor Topic <robilad@kaffe.org> wrote:
> robert burrell donkin <robertburrelldonkin <at> gmail.com> writes: 
> > On 7/30/05, Dalibor Topic <robilad <at> kaffe.org> wrote:

<snip>

> > IMHO the free software foundation's theory of implicit patent grants
> > being embedded in the GPL is quite novel.
> 
> For a humanely readable description of how it works (by a patent
> attorney), see
> http://www.iusmentis.com/computerprograms/opensourcesoftware/patentrisks/

(not sure i agree with some of that article but then again, that's
probably to be expected...)

IMHO the fundamental question is whether being able to use the
software (as opposed to copying) is actually a right guaranteed by the
GPL. i can't see that spelt out explicitly anywhere in the GPL (but it
is possible that i missed it). having the right to use software (or
any other invention) is something that is the provinance of patent
licenses, not copyright. GPL asserts that it is a copyright license
which may imply it does not intend to grant any patent rights.

- robert

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