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Re: [fielding@apache.org: Review of proposed Apache License, version 2.0]

On Thu, Nov 13, 2003 at 11:12:04PM +0100, Henning Makholm wrote:
> There's the difference that it takes explicit action and quite a bit
> of money to acquire and keep holding a patent. Going through that
> trouble just to grant the public a perpetual, non-exclusive,
> worldwide, fully paid-up and royalty free patent licence without a
> reciprocity clause would be senseless. An easier way to achieve the
> same legal result would be not to take out a patent at all.

Exactly; all the more reason not to do it.

Companies with patents are like countries with nuclear weapons; once you
have them, it's very difficult to resist the temptation to play with
them, and intimidate one's neighbors.  This is not a temptation that
ordinary people of ordinary means have to wrestle with.

The Free Software and Open Source Movements are a community of rough

There is no society among giants.

G. Branden Robinson                |     The more ridiculous a belief
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     system, the higher the probability
branden@debian.org                 |     of its success.
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |     -- Wayne R. Bartz

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