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- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Subject: Open Invention Network & Skolelinux
- From: Pete Montano <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2008 13:30:06 -0700 (PDT)
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I've had great difficulty trying to determine the Project Owner for the Skolelinux Distribution. I ran across your name in association with an earlier release announcement for Skolelinux and decided I would address this to you and that if you are not the right person, trust that you would forward this to the right person or let me know who I should contact.
In any event, I believe a developer and/or distributor of Skolelinux should be interested in
Open Invention Network LLC (OIN), a company
formed by a group of notable investors ( IBM, Sony, NEC, Red Hat, Philips and Novel )
to promote and protect the worldwide use of Linux.
OIN is an intellectual property company that uses its patents to ensure the openness
of Linux so that developers, distributors and users of Linux offerings can invest in
Linux with fewer worries about intellectual property issues.
The principle motivation & goal behind the creation of OIN was to form a company
that was not focused on creating income or profit for itself, but instead a company that
would help to shield the Linux System from threats of patent infringement by others
whose business models might be opposed to Linux.
The way that OIN achieves this goal is two-fold. First, by acquiring patents
and patent applications principally relevant to the Linux operating environment.
OIN retains these patents in its own portfolio, which currently
numbers some 150 + patents & patent applications to be used for cross-licensing
purposes to defend the Linux System. OIN's intent is to only assert its patents in a
defensive way - against those who attack Linux . Second, by offering
a free license to OIN's patents in return for an agreement that the licensed party will not
assert its patents against the Linux offerings of other OIN Licensees.
So, the way this works, is that if Skolelinux were to become an OIN licensee, you
pay no money for the license and obtain the right to develop and
market all products under the protection of OIN's patents. Further, you
would obtain the additional right to develop and market Linux offerings
consistent with the Linux System not only under the protection of OIN's
patents, but also under the protection of the patents of all other OIN Licensees
such as under the extensive portfolios of the original investors listed above
plus a growing number of new licensees such as Oracle, Google,
Canonical (Ubuntu) and others.
Thus the central idea behind the formulation of OIN is that as participants in the Linux
environment bond together under a common and no fee licensing arrangement where
they collectively agree not to assert patents against each other's Linux offerings and
where they are each also licensed under OIN's portfolio, those participants will be operating
with much less risk of intellectual property issues that would otherwise dampen the
expansion and protection of the worldwide use of Linux. .
Thank you for the opportunity to share this with you. Please look over the attached copy of
OIN's Patent License Agreement and let me know if I may answer any questions that you might
have. Hopefully, you will conclude that Skolelinux should become a member of OIN's community
because by doing so you will enhance the protection of your own Linux efforts and will obtain
recognition as a supporter of open access to intellectual property for Linux.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Peter D.(Pete) Montano
Open Invention Nework, LLC
Office Phone: 704-341-5888
Cell Phone: 704-904-1333
Attachment: OIN License Agreement - ODF -18-Jun-08.odt
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