Questions about patents and open source licences
matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Tue Apr 1 23:26:34 UTC 2008
John Cowan wrote:
>> * Even if I on my site add a disclaimer disallowing downloads/use/etc.
>> in countries which allow software patents?
> That would be a little drastic, and arguably violates the Open Source
GPLv2 has this provision:
If the distribution and/or use of the Program is restricted in certain
countries either by patents or by copyrighted interfaces, the original
copyright holder who places the Program under this License may add an
explicit geographical distribution limitation excluding those countries,
so that distribution is permitted only in or among countries not thus
excluded. In such case, this License incorporates the limitation as if
written in the body of this License.
However, I would not recommend using it.
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