Open is Open.
Posted Nov 10, 2005 2:46 UTC (Thu) by cventers
In reply to: Open is Open.
Parent article: Debian and Nexenta collide
No, I've read no one's FUD. I read the CDDL myself, and I don't trust the
language. Look at section 2.1, License Grants.
>> (a) under intellectual property rights (other than patent or
>> trademark) Licensable by Initial Developer, to use, reproduce, modify,
>> display, perform, sublicense and distribute the Original Software (or
>> portions thereof), with or without Modifications, and/or as part of a
>> Larger Work; and
So far so good. Notice that Modifications is specifically mentioned here
- you can retain intellectual property rights (poor term) on modified
versions (except for patents and trademarks).
Question: Why are patents not simply rolled into 2.1 (a)? Let's look at
>> (b) under Patent Claims infringed by the making, using or selling of
>> Original Software, to make, have made, use, practice, sell, and offer
>> for sale, and/or otherwise dispose of the Original Software (or
>> portions thereof).
So if Sun wanted to close OpenSolaris some day, all they'd have to do is
stop releasing "Original Software" and whatever version they last
released couldn't be forked, because the patent grants specifically apply
to "Original Software" only.
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