Keep in mind the different programs involved
Posted Sep 22, 2012 10:36 UTC (Sat) by Max.Hyre
In reply to: Patent licence
Parent article: Twin Peaks v. Red Hat
The comments above give the impression (at least to me) that folks are thinking of Twin Peaks' offerings as a monolith. In fact, RH is suing over the mount program. mount being in violation of the GPL says nothing about the rest of their suite (FUD to the contrary notwithstanding). (Of course, if you're selling a filesystem, not having mount could put a crimp in your operations. :-)
Thus, unless mount uses the patent in question, buying a copy would afford no protection. Even if it did, the implicit license for mount wouldn't extend to any other random use of that patent.
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