Re: GPLv3 Position Statement

From: tridge
Date: Fri Sep 29 2006 - 04:55:49 EST


> > If the "entire patent portfolio" consists of a small group of patents
> > which specifically deal with what the code has been posted by the
> > company deals with, then sure.
> So we agree that the statement is true for a company that has only a
> software patent portfolio.

No, we don't :)

The company can consist of only a patent portfolio, but additionally
all of those patents (ie. the "entire patent portfolio") would need to
be implemented by the program being distributed them.

That caveat is important, and changes it from a misleading statement
to a true statement. It also is a statement which is true for the
GPLv2, which makes it not such a useful statement to make when
considering the relative merits of the two licenses.

I'd also like to note that I don't have much sympathy for companies
that consist of only a patent portfolio. They are pretty much scum in
my view. If they don't make any products at all and live on only
patent revenue then the world would be better off without them :-)

Cheers, Tridge
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