IBM's XML4C license (or a better alternative to termination)

Ean R . Schuessler ean at
Thu Apr 29 21:23:56 UTC 1999


I don't know how many of you have read the new IBM XML4C license but
it's solution to the patent infringement problem seems much better
than the methods under discussion. IBM simply places any liability
for patent infringement squarly upon the shoulders of whoever makes
use of the code. This seems a more sane solution since it places both
responsibility and the power to defend themselves into the hands of
the user and relieves IBM of any responsibilities.

Obviously, IBM will still need to act responsibly and not go
distributing code that contains well known patents without any
warning because no license would make that behavior legal. But in the
case of accidental infringement this license seems to afford IBM a
lot of protection.

But I'm not a lawyer,

Ean Schuessler                Director of New Products and Technologies
Novare International Inc.        The Unstoppable Fist of Digital Action
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