Subject: Re: termless copyright and patents
From: simo <s@ssimo.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 19:03:19 -0400

On Mon, 2006-09-25 at 13:00 -0700, Thomas Lord wrote:

> For example, IBM may discover that, in shipping Linux systems,
> they have practiced many of their own patents.   Well, per RMS,
> those patents would all now be publicly licensed for any purpose
> whatsoever.

This is plain FUD and bullshit, sorry.
Read the license, it doesn't say at all what you say.

>  So, IBM is carving out a narrower license to explain
> their activities.    And, for example, MSFT would be nuts to try to
> shut down something like Samba (hypothesizing it must violate some
> MSFT patent or other) but unless they explain *why* Samba isn't
> being sued then haven't they, too, implicitly given unrestricted
> public license?

Simply put: Samba don't infringe any patent they can successfully defend
in court.

Simo.