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Re: Tom Tom and Microsofts Linux patent lock-down ..


From: Rahul Dhesi
Subject: Re: Tom Tom and Microsofts Linux patent lock-down ..
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 11:06:29 +0000 (UTC)
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Rjack <address@hidden> writes:

>Whether this [act] constitutes a gratuitous license, or one for a
>reasonable compensation, must, of course, depend upon the
>circumstances; .... 273 U.S. 236, United States Supreme Court (1927).

Neither the Artistic License nor the GPL cleanly fit these models
(gratuituous license, or license for compensation).  Remember, there was
no free software in 1927. The CAFC ignored its own precedent because
stare decisis does not apply to new types of facts.
-- 
Rahul
http://rahul.rahul.net/


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