Patent Liability Insurance

Bruce Alspaugh compulinkltd at
Tue May 15 00:41:23 UTC 2007

On 5/14/07, Matthew Flaschen <matthew.flaschen at> wrote:
> Dave Crossland wrote:
> > You may find of use :-)
> This would protect individual developers (which can also be accomplished
> by a separate non-profit or corporation) but then a lawsuit would just
> destroy the conservancy instead.  That can't be regarded as a true
> solution, in my opinion.
> Matt Flaschen

It might not solve the problem entirely, but Dave does have a point.  I'm
looking at the bios of the Board of Directors for the Conservancy and the
Software Freedom Law Center that sponsors it.  Presumably, if the
conservancy were sued for an inadvertent patent violation by one of the
member projects, they would have to take on some very powerful and respected
intellectual property lawyers.  Few open-source projects could afford to
have them on retainer.  It effectively raises the stakes for any company
that might try to sue.

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