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From Jeffrey Thompson <jt...@us.ibm.com>
Subject Re: Apache license 2.1 and 2.2?
Date Fri, 30 Mar 2007 14:57:19 GMT
"William A. Rowe, Jr." <wrowe@rowe-clan.net> wrote on 03/30/2007 10:02:45 

> Ross Gardler wrote:
> > 
> > Now I really am talking about stuff I don't understand, so I'm going 
> > wait for Cliff to tell me just how close/far off the mark I am with 
> > above comments (remember Cliff heard these concerns first hand).
> Ditto :)  I'll also be interested particularly in Jeffery's feedback if
> he has a few minutes to drop in on this thread (as an example of the
> thoughts for a company with a -very- broad patent portfolio in the
> corporate sector.)

I would provide a more meaningful response, but I do not fully understand 
their position.  The Apache License 2.0 only requires that Contributors 
license patents that they have the ability to license.  If their position 
is that through joint development agreements or other exclusive licensing 
arrangements they do not have the right to license certain patents, I'll 
take their word for it, but I don't see the conflict.  I expect that I'm 
missing something.

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