patents are a bigger threat to free software because we can't pay royalties
Posted Aug 5, 2004 23:23 UTC (Thu) by stevenj
Parent article: Software patents no bigger threat to Free Software
than to proprietary software
A proprietary-software company sued for patent infringement has the option of biting the bullet and paying the license/royalty fee requested by the patent owner. A free-software company probably won't have that option, especially if the software in question is GPLed, because the patent license is unlikely to allow distribution of the software under free/open-source terms.
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