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Re: Taking a position on anti-patent licenses

On Sat, Jan 29, 2005 at 02:55:17PM -0500, Nathanael Nerode wrote:
> I believe that most of us have come to the conclusion that self-protection 
> clauses are free.  These are of the form:
> "If you make a legal claim stating that use (/distribution/etc.) of this 
> software infringes a patent, then you may not use (/distribute/etc.) this 
> software."

I'm not sure why you think that (I can't even think of a license with
a clause like this in; this isn't even the extremely limited form
present in the GPL, "you may not modify/redistribute unless you grant
everybody everything they need under any law to do the stuff
enumerated in this license,

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