[License-discuss] [Non-DoD Source] patent rights and the OSD

Tzeng, Nigel H. Nigel.Tzeng at jhuapl.edu
Tue Mar 7 23:49:34 UTC 2017

From: Christopher Sean Morrison <brlcad at mac.com<mailto:brlcad at mac.com>>
Date: Tuesday, Mar 07, 2017, 5:57 PM
To: license-discuss at opensource.org <license-discuss at opensource.org<mailto:license-discuss at opensource.org>>
Subject: Re: [License-discuss] [Non-DoD Source] patent rights and the OSD

On Mar 07, 2017, at 04:09 PM, Richard Fontana <fontana at sharpeleven.org> wrote:

By my reading, those "distribution terms" violate OSD #1 and #7.  This is potentially a problem for any license (e.g., all the permissives) that doesn't specifically speak to patent rights.  If the distribution terms specifically deny a patent grant, it will no longer be possible to freely redistribute the source code (that is, IF any contributor holds patent rights whose claims are implemented by the source code...).
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