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From Mohammad Nour El-Din <nour.moham...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL][RFC] CloudStack for the Apache Incubator
Date Wed, 04 Apr 2012 10:00:08 GMT
Hi...

On Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 9:41 AM, Martijn Dashorst <martijn.dashorst@gmail.com
> wrote:

> On Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 7:57 AM, Kevin Kluge <Kevin.Kluge@citrix.com>
> wrote:
> > Citrix is pursuing patents based on prior CloudStack work and expects to
> continue to do
> > so in the future.  Citrix is getting these patents to protect the
> CloudStack user community.
> > Consider the case where some other entity states that the use of
> CloudStack is infringing
> > on their patents.  Citrix could use these patents to fight this entity
> and defend the
> > community.  An incremental benefit is that if Citrix (or any other
> CloudStack-friendly
> > entity) has a patent then that patent cannot be acquired by an
> unfriendly entity.
>
> Anyone with about $15B can buy Citrix, and start wreaking havoc with
> the patents. See Google with its acquisition of Motorola, or Oracle
> with its acquisition of Sun (Java?). Or Citrix can sell its patent
> portfolio to a shell company, keeping a license and let the shell
> start suing the rest of the world (see Apple, Microsoft etc). There
> are many avenues to abuse the patents.
>

I read section 3 of [1], and AFAIU and if the above scenario hold does this
mean that such company X can sue ASF for example ? Sorry if it is a stupid
question but I am no lawyer at all :).

[1]- http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.html


>
> Martijn
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