IBM's patent pledge
Posted Jan 14, 2005 16:42 UTC (Fri) by pm101
Parent article: IBM's patent pledge
In that case, perhaps we could count on IBM to support a European patent directive that explicitly excluded non-commerical use, free software licenses, acadamic use, and so on? It would need to be carefully worded, so that I cannot just abstract my patented code into an LGPL library, and link it into a proprietary program, but to allow commercial entities to sell free software with patents, but I think it could be done. IBM gets patent protection in the proprietary world, while free software continues unimpinged.
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