Patent Liability Insurance
matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Thu May 17 00:05:16 UTC 2007
Bruce Alspaugh wrote:
> I see my original posting has generated quite a bit of interesting
> From our perspective, we have to look at the big picture and find an
> acceptable balance between the potential risks and rewards of running an
> open-source project. The risk of finding ourselves on the receiving end
> of a patent infringement lawsuit is one risk we have to consider in the
> overall picture.
This isn't a risk of releasing an open source program, but rather a risk
in releasing any product. It's true that it's easier to find patent
violations in an open source program, but source code is not necessary
to prove infringement.
> The conservancy has the added bonus of giving us access to
well-respected attorneys who
> might come to our rescue should we ever need them.
This is a valid point, and access to the conservancy is in fact an
advantage to making the program free/open source software.
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