Patent issues: GPLv3 and ZFS
Posted Jun 12, 2007 19:30 UTC (Tue) by dwheeler
In reply to: Linus on GPLv3 and ZFS
Parent article: Linus on GPLv3 and ZFS
Patent issues. If Sun releases ZFS under GPLv3, ZFS is patented, and its patents on ZFS are valid, then anyone else using GPLv3 can use ZFS. They can even "bring in" the GPLv3 code and completely rewrite it, so the IMPLEMENTATION may be different but they'd still be okay legally (I think). Using GPLv2 wouldn't give them access to patents released only under GPLv3.
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