It's been repeatedly pointed out ...
Posted Aug 6, 2004 0:05 UTC (Fri) by mgh
In reply to: It's been repeatedly pointed out ...
Parent article: Software patents no bigger threat to Free Software
than to proprietary software
I agree that this would be an issue that needs to be considered; free registration would be one way of helping with this because all visitors would be registered. If you don't want to know; don't register.
With regards to cross-licensing, yes, some will have such agreements, some will not. What we would gain would be information; it would show the scale of the problem and I believe, also show that:
a) patents on software are a huge problem for all sw developers regardless of licensing model
b) using proprietry software will not mean immunity from prosecution
c) the playing field between the free type licenses and others is somewhat more level than is being implied.
Opinion: sometimes groupings of people consider themselves to be somewhat insular. They don't play by the established rules... so they don't need to play by the estabilshed rules. Not true, the sooner the OS community takes responsibility for this issus the quicker it will dealt with.
The real strength of the OSS community is not in the software, its in the method of creating excellent results collabratively ... I believe that the OSS model will scale to other areas with good benefit including this one. OSS is a by product of the net and cheap/free communication much as we are doing here.
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