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What's wrong with this picture?

What's wrong with this picture?

Posted Dec 7, 2005 21:03 UTC (Wed) by ballombe (subscriber, #9523)
In reply to: What's wrong with this picture? by BrucePerens
Parent article: A look at the Patent Commons Project and OIN

Dont forget IBM: whereas it is a major open-source contributor, it is also a major patent proponent:

IBM's patent department is actively lobbying Europe to legalise software patents.

100 EPO Counterparts Found for IBM's 500 "Freed" US Patents

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What's wrong with this picture?

Posted Dec 9, 2005 16:29 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954) [Link]

Yes, there's something missing from the picture. As OIN is described, IBM is paying money to keep patents out of IBM's reach. IBM has actively decided (when it selected 500 patents to dedicate) not to dedicate its entire patent portfolio for FOSS use, therefore IBM can't use any of OINs patents.

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