Re: LZW patented file left in .orig.tar source package?
Richard Braakman <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 23, 2002 at 09:58:50AM -0700, Walter Landry wrote:
> > You have to take it out of whatever Debian distributes. I can
> > download the the .orig.tar.gz file, so it can't be in that. Even if
> > the .diff.gz takes it out.
> Hmm, but why? You're explicitly allowed to describe how a patented
> algorithm works, that's the whole point of patents. And source code
> is just a detailed description of how the algorithm works.
> Are you talking about distributability or about freeness?
I'm talking about distributability. You are not allowed to distribute
an implementation of a patent. The code is an implementation of that
patent. We can argue whether that makes sense, but that is my
understanding of the law.