[License-discuss] patent rights and the OSD

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Tue Mar 7 09:08:48 UTC 2017

On 06/03/17 23:41, Christopher Sean Morrison wrote:
> From my reading, a patent gives the holder the right to exclude
> others from (a) making, (b) using, (c) selling, or (d)
> importing/exporting their invention.  The OSD clauses refer to “the
> distribution terms” in rather license- and copyright-agnostic terms,
> so here’s my basic layman analysis:
> 1) Exclusion (a) seems not problematic for the OSD as it precludes
> others outside of licensing. 2) Certainly a problem in the broad
> sense, but exclusion (b) seems not problematic with the OSD.

<blink> Are you saying that a prohibition on using the software is not
an OSD problem?


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