Subject: Re: Patent-based dual-licensing open source business model
From: "Ben Tilly" <>
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2006 17:10:18 -0700

On 9/13/06, Scott Capdevielle <> wrote:
> Ben,
> the relative licensing simplicity is the issue I am addressing with the
> "Open Source Patent License".  Whats the difference between building a
> network applicance and spending $50 on a chip you need and licensing a
> patent for $50 for technology you need.  If the costs are known and
> non-discriminatory, I contend that the entrepreneur will view these as
> similar costs.

Entrepreneurs may view them as similar, but a project like Debian
still cannot.  And if projects like Debian deliberately avoid using
the technology, then it is now far easier for entrepreneurs who are
building on Debian to not use the technology.