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Re: NTFS-3G just released (3-28-07). inclusion to FC7?



On Fri, 2007-03-30 at 12:32 -0400, eric magaoay wrote:
> Nicolas Antonio Corrarello wrote:
> > I thought ntfs was non-free because there is a patent associated.
> > Remember the good ol' friends, the one from Redmond and Novel
> >   
> 
> If there is a patent question associated with the latest ntfs-3g 
> sources, MS must declare its patent rights and inform the offending 
> party/parties to be enforceable. I just look at the source codes, and 
> all seem to be released under GNU Public License (GPL). So I assumed 
> nothing there is non-free or it will violate the spirit of GPL.

The license of the source code has little to do with patents on the
ideas contained within.  The only time it really comes into play is if
the patent _holder_ releases the source code.

josh


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