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Re: MP3 decoder packaged with XMMS

On Tue, Jul 12, 2005 at 06:24:33PM -0400, Dan Ravicher wrote:
> And, it is possible to receive a patent license that does not cause a 
> failure to comply with Section 7.  The GPL Section 7 says "For example, 
> if a patent license would not permit royalty-free redistribution of the 
> Program by all those who receive copies directly or indirectly through 
> you, ..."  Therefore, patent licenses which allow royalty-free 
> redistribution are fine and do not trigger Section 7.  Many such 
> licenses have been granted, such as through standard setting bodies, and 
> they can even be negotiated with a payment in upfront fees or minimum 
> annual royalties when necessary.  Thus, a patent license in and of 
> itself does not create a Section 7 problem.

"Minimum annual royalties" doesn't seem "royalty-free".

Are there really (many) cases where a single upfront fee granted a person a
patent license which allowed everyone who received the work--not just him--to
also redistribute it?  (That seems strange--if a patent holder seeks to
profit from a patent, why would he essentially grant the whole world a patent
license for the price of one license?)

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Isn't it somewhat absurd to say "don't read that!" at the *end* of a
message?  :)  (If you do much communications on publically-archived
lists, it would be polite to turn this off.  At least it's not in
threatening-nastygram-style, as some are ...)

Glenn Maynard

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