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Re: new-maintainer vs patents.



Hi,

Luca - De Whiskey's - De Vitis wrote:
> On Mon, May 19, 2003 at 12:03:56PM +0200, Dariush Pietrzak wrote:
> > Hello,
> >  I've been asked to provide the list of patents that my package
> > may/may not be possibly infriging on.
> >  As you can imagine this task is way beyond my capabilities, 
> > so what should one do with this?
> 
> That's not so beyond: you should be shure that the package you are building
> is compliant to our DFSG and that is not violating any patent or
> copyright. That mean you should inspect any file in the source.
> 
> > Are all package maintainers required to do this?
> 
> We have to (of course we do our best).
> 
> > Is there some policy about which patents do we ignore and which do we
> > respect?
> 
> We do not ignore any patent.

Ah, OK. So we can stop Debian because we would have to remove all
software because the progess bar is patented by IBM (at least here
in Europe, don't know about US) or the concept of "if" is patented
or the concept on working on another machine (ssh), tabbed UIs (Adobe)
etc.?

Rene

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