Open Source Click-Wrap Notice

John Cowan jcowan at
Wed Aug 7 11:40:16 UTC 2002

Lawrence E. Rosen scripsit:

> If the licensor has a patent, he can prohibit the *use* of the software
> absent a license.  "Whoever without authority makes, uses or sells any
> patented invention during the term of the patent therefor, infringes the
> patent."  35 U.S.C. =A7 271.

I wonder just how many Open Source programs actually require a patent
license *from the author of the program* in order to be used.
I suspect the number is Vanishingly small.

> Remember the old saw, wish into one hand, s**t into the
> other, which one will fill up first?

Hmm.  So if wishes were s**t, beggars would plow fields?

John Cowan   jcowan at
    "Mr. Lane, if you ever wish anything that I can do all you will have to do
        will be to send me a telegram asking and it will be done."
    "Mr. Hearst, if you ever get a telegram from me asking
        you to do anything you can put the telegram down as a forgery."
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