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From Ralph Goers <ralph.go...@dslextreme.com>
Subject Re: Carrot2 License
Date Tue, 15 Sep 2009 15:28:58 GMT

On Sep 15, 2009, at 7:42 AM, Yonik Seeley wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 8:57 AM, Grant Ingersoll  
> <gsingers@apache.org> wrote:
>> It sounds like we just need them to change from:
>> No algorithms or technical solutions in the project may be patented  
>> or
>> claimed proprietary.
>>
>> To something like (IANAL):
>> No algorithms or technical solutions in the Carrot2 project may be  
>> patented
>> or claimed proprietary by a third party.
>
> That's still a very weird statement, and it's probably false as any
> sufficiently complex project already infringes many patents.
>
>> My understanding of their intent is they are trying to make sure is  
>> that no
>> one tries to patent something that C2 has created.
>
> IMO, worry about that when someone tries to enforce a patent against
> you... at that time, look for prior art or workarounds.  Asserting
> that no one can patent stuff in your code doesn't seem to actually do
> anything.
>

Rather than making this assertion they should document their  
algorithms and making them publicly searchable.

Ralph


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