Getting grubby with ZFS
Posted Dec 8, 2010 4:34 UTC (Wed) by JoeBuck
In reply to: Getting grubby with ZFS
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The text that you've set in bold face refers to section 7 of GPLv2.
7. If, as a consequence of a court judgment or allegation of patent infringement or for any other reason (not limited to patent issues), conditions are imposed on you (whether by court order, agreement or otherwise) that contradict the conditions of this License, they do not excuse you from the conditions of this License. If you cannot distribute so as to satisfy simultaneously your obligations under this License and any other pertinent obligations, then as a consequence you may not distribute the Program at all. For example, if a patent license would not permit royalty-free redistribution of the Program by all those who receive copies directly or indirectly through you, then the only way you could satisfy both it and this License would be to refrain entirely from distribution of the Program.
What this says is that if someone else holds a patent, Sun/Oracle can't buy protection only for themselves or their customers. Any patent license has to cover all recipients.
I guess that a theoretical alternative would be for Oracle to give up the right to use or distribute Grub altogether and then sue folks, but why should they do that, given that their Solaris customers are using it?
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