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Re: [GNUnet-developers] Patent crap

From: Christian Grothoff
Subject: Re: [GNUnet-developers] Patent crap
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2003 11:44:44 -0500
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1) cvs log GNUnet-docs/papers/whitepaper/main.tex (clearly all significant 
changes were made before Nov. 1st 2001).  A talk about the system was given 
at PLUG in November 2001 including the trust system.  All records were public 
at that point, and while I don't have a copy of the old webpage, the CVS 
records should suffice.  The CS department has (monthly) backups for the last 
10 years, so we can put a timestamp on those files if needed -- but I doubt 
that we'll need them, since there is:

2) The patent talks about agents and micropayments.  It thus seems to describe 
MojoNation / MNet / HiveCache much better than our system.  It could be that 
the patent was filed by the MojoNation guys, in which case it does not matter 
since MojoNation was released under GPL which gives us the right to do 
whatever. Or it was filed by someone else, in which case MojoNation (at that 
point widely published) is prior art (and actually fits the bill much better 
than the GNet/GNUnet). 

3) IANAL, but I am *really* not worried.  Let them pay their lawyers and let 
us hack. :-)

Christian (cc to Zooko from MNet in case they care...)

On Monday 29 September 2003 02:35 am, Sebastian Spaeth wrote:
> Hi,
> I just learned about this patent application:
> Are you aware of that and does it in any sense affect GNUnet? Were the
> papers of GNUnet describing the trust rating not published even before
> the patent has been files (Nov 1, 2001)?
> Damn, this crap annoys me like hell (IANAL).
> Sebastian
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