Re: Patent clauses in licenses
On 2004-09-14 19:32:58 +0100 Michael Poole <email@example.com> wrote:
Both groups list significant numbers licenses as free that terminate
on patent litigation: [...]
The OSI lists no licences as "free".
From the FSF's commentary on the Academic Free License at
Another incompatibility comes from its "Mutual termination for
Patent Action" clause. Putting aside the difficult question of
whether this sort of clause is a good idea or a bad one, it is
incompatible with the GPL.
I'm not convinced that they would consider it the same if the licensed
work is patent-afflicted.
And on Apache Software License 2.0:
We don't think those patent termination cases are inherently a bad
idea, but nonetheless they are incompatible with the GNU GPL.
The Apache v2.0 is a rather narrower termination than most of the
others you cite, which I think is probably free.
MJR/slef My Opinion Only and not of any group I know
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