indemnification != patent license/covenant
Posted Nov 28, 2006 4:37 UTC (Tue) by stevenj
In reply to: Novell's IRC session on the Microsoft deal
Parent article: Novell's IRC session on the Microsoft deal
Indemnification is a promise that they will fight the patent for you, or at least cover the fines if they lose and have to stop distributing under the GPL. This is quite different from purchasing a restrictive patent license (excuse me, a "covenant not to sue"), since the latter means that they are not going to fight the patent but want to distribute the GPL software anyway.
I'm assuming Moglen is working on a wording for GPLv3 that will allow indemnification, for a fee, in the same way that warrantees may be offered for a fee, but prohibits restrictive patent licensing by any name.
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