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Re: Patents != patents ?



On Fri, 2006-09-29 at 12:33 +0200, Ralf Corsepius wrote:

> I fail to understand this issue - I don't see how them holding patents
> matters at all:
> 
> The authors are selling a product and grant their product's users
> certain rights to use their product (aka. "License").
> 
> I my understanding, this license also means _them_ granting _their_
> users certain rights to use _their_ intellectual property as part of
> their works. Wrt. to this, I don't see how a patented algorithm would be
> any different from copyright.

IANAL, but I do know that patents are quite different from copyright
under US law.

The BSD license (unless they added some wording) doesn't provide an
unlimited, irrevocable, and royalty-free patent grant to software
patents implemented in the code.

Axel, that's exactly what we would need for this.

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