Why does the patch use ifdef statements
Posted May 9, 2009 21:03 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
In reply to: Why does the patch use ifdef statements
Parent article: Long discussions about long names
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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