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Re: http://www.fsf.org/news/dont-depend-on-mono





On Jul 7, 2009, at 3:15, Dodji Seketeli <dodji redhat com> wrote:

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Le 07/07/2009 12:02, Rui Miguel Silva Seabra a écrit :

What you're explicitly told s that you won't be sued if you do so without the right.

And you have no right!

Just to try to understand your point.

1/You don't have the rights to do A.
2/ But you do A, you won't be sued.

Doesn't that make 1/ irrelevant in practice ?


No, it just means that the promise to not sue can be lifted at any time and leave every user vulnerable. If the code were licensed in such a way that the patent indemnification came with the license then when the license changes to remove the patent protection only users of the new versions are at risk. All users of the old versions are not at risk due to the license on those old versions. Licenses cannot be changed retroactively but promises outside the license can.

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Jes


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