The critical part is the employer disclaimer
Posted May 24, 2004 7:38 UTC (Mon) by MathFox
In reply to: The critical part is the employer disclaimer
Parent article: Linus on documenting patch provenance
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.
Don't forget that Linus is an European and that software patents are still unenforcable there. For him patents weren't a problem, he could make and distribute the first versions of Linux without a risk of running into patent problems.
This also indicates that a declaration "I am unaware of patent problems" doesn't tell you a lot: For which countries is that declaration valid? How serious was the patent research? The only thing an "I'm unaware" declaration says with certainly is "I won't sue you for my own contribution". And the GPL implies that allready.
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