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Re: Software patents and Debian

Weakish Jiang wrote:

> Bas Wijnen wrote:
>  I thought we didn't care
>> about them except if they were actively enforced, because it's completely
>> impossible to avoid all patented software, considering the junk that gets
>> patented.
> Unless the patent is licensed for everyone's free use or not licensed at
> all, it won't conform to the DFSG, even if it is not actively enforced.

However, given the prevelance of patents which are clearly invalid (but
which would take extensive work to get invalidated -- in the US the Federal
Circuit Court of Appeals has been issuing incorrect pro-patent rulings
in violation of precedent for about 20 years, and there's currently a
Supreme Court case pending to try to stop them), Debian would be able to
distribute nothing if it respected all of these clearly invalid "patents".

Hell, xor is patented.

Nathanael Nerode  <neroden@fastmail.fm>

Bush admitted to violating FISA and said he was proud of it.
So why isn't he in prison yet?...

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