For Approval: Open Source Hardware License
cowan at ccil.org
Sat Jul 7 17:12:33 UTC 2007
Rod Dixon, J.D., LL.M. scripsit:
> (BTW, regarding the patent issue, I am curious - do you mean MIT will
> not accept patent grants or will not make patent grants?)
MIT claims that it will not make blanket implicit patent grants
of the form "You are licensed to use [etc.] any patents of ours you
need in order to use this software." Many believe that the MIT
License (used on X Windows and other works) actually contains a
grant of this form due to the presence of the word "use" in it,
but of course the matter has never been tested.
As I understand it, by refusing/repudiating such grants, MIT
is reserving the right to make explicit exclusive licenses either
before or after the fact to licensees of their choice; furthermore, they
claim to be unable to keep track of what patents they have and
what might infringe what.
John Cowan cowan at ccil.org http://ccil.org/~cowan
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