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Re: Patents != patents ?



On Fri, Sep 29, 2006 at 10:37:55AM +0200, Linus Walleij wrote:
> On Fri, 29 Sep 2006, Axel Thimm wrote:
> 
> >I would ask the patent holders if they can explicitely allow Fedora
> >redistribution of vtk if it is deemed a viable modus by fedora
> >(legal?).
> 
> Which license is vtk under? If it is BSD-like I understand the issue, but 
> if it's (L)GPL the license text says it implies that the authors give a 
> royalty-free license of their own patents for anyone using the code under 
> the (L)GPL, and this is actually quite common I think, and then there is 
> no issue, we (all (L)GPL software) already have a license for the patents.

Unfortunately it's BSD like. I wasn't aware of this kind of difference
between the licenses, thanks for clarifying.

Still the issue remains: The authors have hold of the patents and
fedora extras would need special permission. Would fedora
extras/legal/"" go along?
-- 
Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net

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