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Re: Taking a position on anti-patent licenses (was ' Re: Bug#289856: mdnsresponder: Wrong license')

On Sun, Jan 23, 2005 at 12:32:29AM -0800, Steve Langasek wrote:

> I think that's a discussion that belongs on -project.

Probably :-)

> > So. The proposition to discuss would appear to be along the lines of:
> >     Debian accepts that it may in certain circumstances be desirable
> >     (or at least acceptable) for software licenses to limit certain
> >     freedoms in order better to protect Free Software as a whole. A
> >     current example of this would be the GPL, and the conditions it
> >     places on distribution of derived works -- basically that they
> >     must be distributed with source, under the terms of the GPL.
> >     In the light of the threat that software patents pose to Free
> >     Software, we believe that it is likewise acceptable for software
> >     licenses to place conditions on the use of software patents
> >     against Free Software authors and distributors.
> I think this is too broad of a statement to actually build a consensus
> around.  Which is to say, I don't agree with it because it doesn't specify
> which "conditions" it's acceptable to place on the use of software patents.
> Saying "yes, restrictions are ok" opens the flood gates for people assuming
> that all kinds of abusive restrictions are acceptable.

The intention would be to decide which restrictions might be acceptable
once/if we decide that some might be; I think we'd have a better chance of
having a sensible discussion that way round :-)

I quite agree that that on its own would be way too broad.



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