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Re: Taking a position on anti-patent licenses

Glenn Maynard <glenn@zewt.org> wrote:
> I'm undecided about these clauses.  One argument against them seems to
> be "don't mix patents and copyrights", but I havn't seen much of a case
> for that--it seems to say "don't try to protect against patents via
> copyright", but copyright is all we have available. [...]

My main argument for not mixing them is that most of these terms
seem extend software patents into places which don't have them
yet, but do have software copyright. That spread is the opposite
of what some of us seek. I realise other places already have
software patents and need some way to reduce their effect,
but please stop tipping your rubbish into our back yard. If
the two licences for copyright and patents don't interact,
swpat-free residents can ignore one of them and I like giving
people less legal work.

My Opinion Only: see http://people.debian.org/~mjr/
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