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Re: Patents != patents ?



Axel Thimm wrote:
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?

Dont think that would be acceptable. What if we move the package from extras to core? What about all the Fedora derivatives? Special persiflages to only Fedora wouldnt solve this.

Rahul


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