For Approval: Educational Community License 1.0

John Cowan cowan at
Tue May 8 18:11:02 UTC 2007

Brian Behlendorf scripsit:

> I don't see what you've suggested as being unique to the educational 
> field - lots of large companies claim that it's impossible for them to 
> keep track of their own IP, at first.  Lots of them have complex R&D 
> projects that bind the resulting IP to exclusive licensing arrangements. 

Indeed, I would be very leery of accepting an exclusive licensing
arrangement from anyone who would publicly admit to such administrative
incompetence.  What surety is there that the patent I have licensed,
supposedly exclusively, has not already been licensed exclusively
to someone else?  Suing the university or company would be small

Barry gules and argent of seven and six,        John Cowan
on a canton azure fifty molets of the second.   cowan at
        --blazoning the U.S. flag     

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