Subject: Re: For Approval: Educational Community License 1.0
From: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Date: Tue, 8 May 2007 14:11:02 -0400

Brian Behlendorf scripsit:

> I don't see what you've suggested as being unique to the educational 
> field - lots of large companies claim that it's impossible for them to 
> keep track of their own IP, at first.  Lots of them have complex R&D 
> projects that bind the resulting IP to exclusive licensing arrangements. 

Indeed, I would be very leery of accepting an exclusive licensing
arrangement from anyone who would publicly admit to such administrative
incompetence.  What surety is there that the patent I have licensed,
supposedly exclusively, has not already been licensed exclusively
to someone else?  Suing the university or company would be small
satisfaction.

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