Open is Open.
Posted Nov 10, 2005 2:14 UTC (Thu) by paulj
In reply to: Open is Open.
Parent article: Debian and Nexenta collide
But they have engineered specific clauses in the CDDL to make
sure that their patents are licensed in such a way that they are free to
take them back.
Please, you've fallen for the FUD. You gave the URL for the CDDL and advised the poster you were replying to to read it. So I have to ask you to do the same. Where exactly does the CDDL give Sun the power to "take them back" wrt patents?
The CDDL obliges the initial developer (eg Sun), wrt any patents embodied in the covered software (eg OpenSolaris) to grant "world-wide, royalty-free, non-exclusive" licences to all users and contributors of/to the CDDLed code, conditional on following section 3.1 of the CDDL (the "must make source available" clause). Further, all contributors must similarly grant such a licence.
I know I've got big purple blinkers on (they're welded to our head as part of our indoctrination at Sun), so probably I can't see the evil "All your patents belong to Sun (evil laugh)" clauses, so maybe you'd be kind enough to point them out to me explicitely. ;)
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