Subject: Re: New angle on the patent problem
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <turnbull@sk.tsukuba.ac.jp>
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1999 16:58:24 +0900 (JST)

>>>>> "Brian" == Brian Bartholomew <bb@wv.com> writes:

    Brian> Perhaps the license change could be done as an experiment.
    Brian> If the change killed the growth of GPL acceptance, it could
    Brian> be revoked.

No.  The "patent-poison-pill" license is only good if it is (a) viral
and (b) widespread.  That combination makes experiments essentially
impossible: people who adopt this kind of license are betting the
future of their software.  There seems to be a free rider problem
here.

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