For Approval: Broad Institute Public License (BIPL)

Wilson, Andrew andrew.wilson at
Fri Jul 14 17:47:39 UTC 2006

Ernest Prabakhar wrote:

> Frankly, I think you would be better off with a "patent-neutral"
> where you dodge the question entirely.   The problem, I presume, is 
> that you want something like the MPL/IBM licenses which require
> I am not aware of any such license (except the GPL, of course) which 
> doesn't have explicit patent statements, but maybe somebody here can
suggest one.

The Artistic License, to the extent I understand it (minimal!), is
a reciprocal license that doesn't mention patents.

Back to the main topic of why MIT believes they need a license
with an asymmetrical patent grant, e.g. exclusive patent licenses the
may have granted to 3rd parties.  Karin, my reading of CDDL
( would be
that such patents are not capital-L Licensable under CDDL.
However, other patents owned by the Institute would be
Licensable and covered by the original developer grant.  In other words,
I believe CDDL accomplishes your stated goals.

Andy Wilson (MIT dad - Tom Wilson BSCS '05, MSCS '06)
Intel Open Source Technology Center

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