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Re: GPL 3 and patents question


From: Alfred M\. Szmidt
Subject: Re: GPL 3 and patents question
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 18:34:44 +0100

   > That refers to patents you own and which would otherwise be
   > infringed by users of the work.  If you don't own any patents it
   > is irrelevant to you.  It would be ridiculous to require that you
   > grant licenses to patents you do not control or even know about.

   So the part "...and covers all patent claims you control or have
   the right to sublicense..." should give me enough protection,
   against anyone claiming I have not protected them from patent
   claims by third parties, as I can point out I have no control over
   those patents?

It doesn't give you any protection.  Please, read the sentence
carefully.  It is for people who have a patent, as you don't, that
line is _totally_irrelevant_to_you_.  You cannot get any protection
other than from the patent holder, period.




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