Re: Open Software License v2.1
On 2004-09-15 04:14:40 +0100 Josh Triplett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Does that really matter, if the condition for termination is
If the patent license is terminated, the only reason to care whether
the copyright license terminates as well is if you intend to ignore
lack of a patent license. (Granted, Debian tends to do that in many
cases. :) )
I think so. There are at least two interesting cases which terminating
copyright licence on patent action hurts free software users.
The first is the case where you were licensed no patents to use the
software. Hopefully this will be the most common case, as free
software developers reject software patents. If only the patent
licence terminates, including the software in a counter-claim
defending some patent accusation does not remove your freedom to use
the software. Why should a licensor be allowed to use copyright to
their advantage when attacking others with patents? Of course, if your
counter-claim is successful, I suspect you must grant a RF patent
licence for the software to remain free.
The second is when your use of the software only occurs in a
jurisdiction which does not have software patents. A similar argument
Furthermore, if you *sue claiming that the work infringes your
Of course, but I see no reason to unnecessarily harm free software
developers who wish to use software patents to defend software patent
accusations. It's not a tactic I like, but it seems valid. Further,
some have claimed that copyright-based enforcement of patents may be a
type of "misuse" so these "all terminates" licence terms are useless
anyway, but I'm not sure about that.
I consider myself fortunate that my work is outside the reach of
software patents... so far.
MJR/slef My Opinion Only and not of any group I know
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