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From Benson Margulies <>
Subject Re: Solr Patent
Date Sun, 15 Sep 2013 19:54:12 GMT
I am not a lawyer.

The Apache Software Foundation cannot 'protect Solr developers.'

Patent infringement is a claim made against someone who derived economic
benefit from an invention, not someone who writes code.

The patent clause in the Apache License requires people who contribute code
to grant certain licenses. It does not, and cannot, prevent someone else
from asserting that a user of Apache Solr is infringing on some patent
owned by someone who has never contributed to the project.

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