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From Doug Cutting <cutt...@apache.org>
Subject Re: CCLA: "by combination" language
Date Wed, 24 May 2006 22:49:42 GMT
Jim Barnett wrote:
> Also, I'm not sure that I agree with the following: "a malicious
> contributor could thus target nearly any of Yahoo!'s patents this way."
> 
> Wouldn't the malicious contributor be limited to targeting only those
> Yahoo! patents that cover the combination of [contributed technologies]
> together with [other retained, non-contributed technologies]?   In cases
> where Yahoo! elects to contribute code that implements all parts of a
> patent, there would be no risk of subsequent malicious contributors.

But, as far as I can tell, a "combination" can include anything 
subsequently added to the project.  So a malicious contributor could 
simply implement the 99% of a patent, minus, say a "delivered as a 
service" part, and then contribute it to a server project in order to 
make the "combination".

Doug

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