Re: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3

From: Alan Cox
Date: Thu Jun 14 2007 - 19:50:45 EST

> B) There are actually manufacturers who would be happy with your straw man.
> Lots of companies in the far east produce products that infringe on patents
> from 30 different competitors, and rather than try to license everything
> (which isn't even always possible) they spin off a shell company (or nested
> series thereof), design and manufacture a product, sell a production run of
> them into the distribution channel, and then dissolve the shell company
> before the inventory hits retailers. But the time anybody is in a position

This isn't just done for IPR, in fact in many fields IPR is a non-issue.
The primary reason for this practice is to render US health and safety
regulation irrelevant and to prevent class action suits if/when your
device kills someone.


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