OSDL CEO Stuart Cohen has written a
on the GPLv3 process and software patents.
"The idea is that a pool of software licenses and software patents
(issued and pending) are held in something like a virtual trust for the
benefit of both developers and users of open-source software. In general,
the vendors who make this pledge are promising not to litigate against
people and companies whom they might otherwise sue... We like
this idea so much that we're about to take it one step further. We're
establishing an OSDL patent commons project that aims to centralize the
good works of these vendors, as well as future individuals and
organizations who may wish to pledge patents.
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