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Re: IBM Public License (again)

Josh Triplett <josh.trip@verizon.net> writes:

> Consider what we would say if we were explaining why debian-legal ruled
> this license non-free: "Well, it doesn't allow you to sue the people who
> wrote the software and still keep the right to distribute the
> software."

Absolutely.  I don't see why I should lose my right to distribute the
software just because I sue one of the authors -- after all, I might
be in the right!

> Finally, I think the GPL would have the same effect with respect to
> software patents.  If you use a software patent to sue about a piece of
> GPLed software, you are attempting to take away the right to
> use/copy/modify/distribute that software under the conditions of the
> GPL.  Since this would mean only people who have a patent license from
> you can use/copy/modify/distribute the software, you cannot satisfy the
> terms of the GPL (which require you to grant that right to everyone who
> has a copy), so you lose the right to distribute the software under GPL
> clause 7.

Not necessarily.  There are some lawsuits that might have this
problem, but others don't -- though some of them assume convoluted
patent licenses in the first place.

Brian Sniffen                                       bts@alum.mit.edu

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