jkeating at j2solutions.net
Tue Jul 7 14:14:47 UTC 2009
On Jul 7, 2009, at 3:15, Dodji Seketeli <dodji at redhat.com> wrote:
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> Le 07/07/2009 12:02, Rui Miguel Silva Seabra a écrit :
>> What you're explicitly told s that you won't be sued if you do so
>> without the right.
>> And you have no right!
> Just to try to understand your point.
> 1/You don't have the rights to do A.
> 2/ But you do A, you won't be sued.
> Doesn't that make 1/ irrelevant in practice ?
No, it just means that the promise to not sue can be lifted at any
time and leave every user vulnerable. If the code were licensed in
such a way that the patent indemnification came with the license then
when the license changes to remove the patent protection only users of
the new versions are at risk. All users of the old versions are not at
risk due to the license on those old versions. Licenses cannot be
changed retroactively but promises outside the license can.
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