Intel's proposed BSD + Patent License
nelson at crynwr.com
Wed Oct 31 06:07:38 UTC 2001
David Johnson writes:
> Okay, we can play fun little metaphysical games with the BSD license, but it
> ignores an important point: the BSD+Patent License restricts what operating
> systems you may use it on.
No it doesn't, for several reasons:
1) You might live in a jurisdiction where software parents are not recognized.
2) The software you are using may not be patented.
3) The patent in question might not be valid.
4) You might have a license for the patent.
5) You might be able to negotiate a free license for your operating
The Patent License does not say that you cannot run the software if
your operating system is not GPL'ed. It says that you are granted a
license if your operating system is GPL'ed. That's *all*. It's
presence does not take anything away from anyone; therefore if the
license is approvable without it, then it is approvable with it.
-russ nelson <sig at russnelson.com> http://russnelson.com
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