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Re: [DotGNU]Re: Collaboration on alternatives to theUS-patent-endangered

From: Seth Johnson
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]Re: Collaboration on alternatives to theUS-patent-endangered APIs?
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2003 22:55:42 -0400

Miguel de Icaza wrote:
> If you did such a careful study with your lawyer, would you mind
> publishing it so others can review it?  I assume you also did a careful
> study of every other API not included in ECMA, because it seems they are
> tained.  I would also like to see that one, it will be useful material
> to have.

It could just be that the lawyer said be safe by doing anything risky out of
the US.

Rhys and Norbert might be wrong about where to draw that line.  But I see
two different things here: 1) the question of drawing the line in an
incorrect place; and 2) the question of whether there might be different
stances toward patent-encumbered code affecting the discourse here.

> I disagree with your conclusion, you pointed out a careful study, I want
> to see the careful study to convince myself.  You are bringing a serious
> issue to the table to discuss, and I want nothing less than seriousness
> in this discussion.  And a visual-inspection-and-this-is-my-hunch is not
> a solid foundation to start from.

This is a matter of what principles guide Rhys's and Norbert's approaches. 
Alternatively, they might simply be wrong.  In that case, if I thought so
I'd just advise them that they might be taking too much of a chance.  Or if
I thought that patents were not a threat if I took a certain stance
regarding them, I might also just tell them that I personally find the
project uninteresting because of my stance.

> And I suspect that you guys have not done the study, and this is all
> hunch-based.

I think that the principles of any project that has fundamental
disagreements with the dispensation of justice in a particular country, will
usually appear conjectural to some observers.



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