Intel's proposed BSD + Patent License

Russell Nelson nelson at
Fri Nov 2 22:34:48 UTC 2001

Forrest J. Cavalier III writes:
 > Any software license which restricts use to only publicly available
 > GPL'ed OSs, (the way their patent license does), would obviously fail
 > to meet the OSD.

But it doesn't restrict use to only publicly available GPL'ed OSs.
Certain software which falls under patents may require a patent
license, yes.  But that's already the case with the BSD license.  And
I'm sure that you think that the BSD license is GPL-compatible Open
Source Free Software.

The presence of the patent grant does not harm anyone.

 > Tell me why you have to put the OSI's good name on this.

The only way we can reject a license is to point to the OSD term which 
it violates.

 > There
 > is no precedent for it.  (The GPL may not play nice with other
 > licenses, but it restricts copying, not use.)

The BSD+Patent license doesn't restrict use either.  The patent system 
restricts use.  The BSD+Patent license grants use.

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