Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
Posted Sep 22, 2006 17:46 UTC (Fri) by minghua
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"GPLv3 has an explicit patent grant, but only for the functionality implemented by the distributed program."
From what I heard, the problem is that nobody can be very sure about the functionalities in the program he distributes. Most big companies distributes Linux kernel, but does that mean they have reviewed every line of code in the kernel and compared with their patent portfolio, to make sure nothing they hold patent is implemented in the kernel? I am afraid not.
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