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IBM's patent pledge

IBM's patent pledge

Posted Jan 21, 2005 8:46 UTC (Fri) by Wol (guest, #4433)
In reply to: IBM's patent pledge by iabervon
Parent article: IBM's patent pledge

"In the description of infringing uses, simply state that writing, distributing, and using software doesn't infringe patents if the software is under an OSS license."

STUFF "if the software is under an OSS license."

Just make it "if it's software". Which is the current legal position. And, according to all the *reasons* given for harmonising EU practice, is *not* *supposed* *to* *change*. So let's just make it explicit!

The problem is, the wording of the directive has a clear, already accepted, legal meaning which is very different from the intended meaning as used in the directive. Which is why everybody is saying that the *effect* of the directive will be very different from the *intent* of the directive.


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