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Re: [Gnash-dev] Gnash 0.8.2 on OLPC XO?

From: Hubert Figuiere
Subject: Re: [Gnash-dev] Gnash 0.8.2 on OLPC XO?
Date: Sat, 05 Apr 2008 21:15:49 -0400

On Sat, 2008-04-05 at 20:54 -0400, Dossy Shiobara wrote:
> Why is it necessary to hold the copyright?  You'd only need license
> from
> the patent holders for encumbered algorithms.  The source you compile
> and distribute in binary form, as long as it allows the distribution
> of
> binaries, as long as it's a free (libre) license, can't stop you, as
> long as you publish any modifications to the source that were involved
> in producing those binaries.

No. Re-read the GPLv3 licence. There is something about patent exactly
for that purpose. Re-read especially paragraph 11.

The other option is if the sole copyright owner of the code would agree
to redistribute under a license that is not the GPLv3 and attach to this
redistribution (likely binary) a license for the patents. But this would
no longer be Free Software.


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