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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <dennis.hamil...@acm.org>
Subject RE: [VOTE] Release Apache OpenOffice 3.4 (incubating) RC1
Date Wed, 02 May 2012 05:57:27 GMT
I have no reason to believe that the remediation Rob speaks of has anything to do with any
part of OpenOffice.org.  I would presume it matters with regard to the IP of IBM or others
licensed by IBM that may apply to Symphony content beyond whatever OpenOffice.org code they
started with.  

With regard to OASIS Standard ODF, of course, there is already the IP regime that applies
to IBM as a contributor, just as for Sun Microsystems and Oracle.  There is also the Oracle
SGA.

So, do you have knowledge of a specific IP conflict that Apache OpenOffice.org is subject
to that is somehow not applicable to LibreOffice and its inheritance from OpenOffice.org ?

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Norbert Thiebaud [mailto:nthiebaud@gmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 22:31
To: general@incubator.apache.org; dennis.hamilton@acm.org
Subject: Re: [VOTE] Release Apache OpenOffice 3.4 (incubating) RC1

On Wed, May 2, 2012 at 12:17 AM, Dennis E. Hamilton
<dennis.hamilton@acm.org> wrote:
> @Norbert,
>
> I don't see any mention of patent issues in that message.

it says:
"But one thing not to lose track of is that Symphony has done IP
remediation at many levels.  Where we've worked around things, we'll be
able to contribute our fixes back. [..](I'm talking patents)

Symphony is based on OOo so 'remediation' would have to be
'remediation' to the OOo code base, which is the code base of AOO. So
presumably the Allege Patent issues where in OOo and possibly are
still in AOO... furthermore they could not have been Sun/Oracle
Patent, otherwise they would have been covered by LGPLv3, so the
Oracle SGA does not help there...


>
> If you know of a specific IP difficulty, I am sure that the AOO PPMC and the IPMC would
appreciate having sufficient details to be able to confirm the consequences.

I am not the one that claimed that there was such IP difficulty, I'm
just reminding everyone that Rob claimed at the beginning of the
project that such difficulties and I quote: " I know with certainty
that we've fixed things."

At the time these issue have been pushed aside as irrelevant to the
admission of the project in the incubator, and that such concerned
would be addressed in due time prior to Release...

>
> What do you have in mind?

Since I have not seen any discussion or patch related to that topic, I
must have missed them. Hence my inquiry.

Norbert

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