[License-discuss] December 2019 License-Discuss Summary

Patrick Masson masson at opensource.org
Tue Apr 28 16:53:04 UTC 2020


In December, the License-Discuss mailing list discussed the relevance
of FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) in the context of
mobile communication standards, and combining LGPL and MIT licenses
under a single LGPL-licensed release.

FRAND (Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory) Relevancy

Lawrence Rosen (
) references a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal
Circuit (
) involving the use of FRAND in utilizing patents around mobile
communications standards and argues that FRAND fails in its attempt to
bring logic to the process. Rosen also argues, based on feedback from a
patent attorney, that it then significantly increases litigation costs.
License Use Inquiry

Marios Constantinou (
) asks about whether it is possible to release software containing
components released under the MIT license and the LGPL all together
under a LGPL.

Philippe Ombredanne (
) confirms that it is possible.

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