The critical part is the employer disclaimer
Posted May 24, 2004 6:00 UTC (Mon) by mbp
In reply to: The critical part is the employer disclaimer
Parent article: Linus on documenting patch provenance
You're right, that is an issue too. I suppose under Linus's system, he can claim that he acted in good faith in trusting the employee though. I would expect that if it turned out there was a problem, Linus might have to remove the code but that would be the limit of his liability.
I was a little surprised that Linus didn't ask people to certify that the contribution is free of patent problems to the best of their knowledge.
I would guess that the reason for both of these is that they require the company's legal department to get involved in all contributions, which would tend to slow things down. Of course the legal department *should* be involved in at least setting policy, but that is mostly a matter between the company and their employees.
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