SELinux and patents
Posted Jun 13, 2002 11:12 UTC (Thu) by forthy
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Definitely. The GPL says - in the preambel - "To prevent this, we have made it clear that any patent must be licensed for everyone's free use or not licensed at all." If the patent is only valid in certain countries (like RSA was in the USA only), a GPL'd software could be restricted to those areas where the patent is null and void.
Unfortunately, the GPL doesn't say what "everyone's free use" really is. Is it ok if the patent is limited to GPL'd programs (Free Software)? Is it ok if the patent is limited to OpenSource programs? Can these patents be used as defensive weapon against evil empires that try to sue free software programmer with their patents (while at the same time using patents granted by shipping GPL'd source)?
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