RMS discussed this at the GPLv3 launch
Posted Apr 6, 2006 21:41 UTC (Thu) by coriordan
In reply to: RMS discussed this at the GPLv3 launch
Parent article: Fedora and MP3
I'd cut him a little slack since that pronouncement was an unplanned interuption of a presentation by someone else, but yes, the patent licence could not render the software non-free in a jurisdiction which doesn't have legal software patenting.
The other thing is that I haven't read Fluendo's patent licence, and I would be surprised if it did allow distribution as free software - so that criticism might need checking.
If the patent grant doesn't apply to derivative works, then that's not good. That means buyers of Fluendo's product are ok, but when the execute their redistribution rights they are putting the recipient in a danger which they themselves have decided is unbearable.
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