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If so, then what is the point since under the GPL you will have to distribute the code that appears to violate the patent anyhow?
Why does the patch use ifdef statements
Posted May 6, 2009 17:13 UTC (Wed) by nhippi (subscriber, #34640)
This is why the lame mp3 encoder is distributed source-only by upstream.
IANAL and all the other disclaimers.
Posted May 9, 2009 21:03 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
You violate patents by using the patented method (commercially).
You also violate patents by making or selling a device that uses the method. And the use doesn't have to be commercial.
The point is that if I sell you a GPS device that can read VFAT, I need a license for any patents that cover VFAT.
I don't even think ifdefs are necessary. Anything that prevents the VFAT code from running is probably just as effective at making VFAT patents irrelevant. But a kernel build configuration option might make a manufacture more confident that he isn't accidentally violating a patent.
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