Re: FatELF patches...

From: Ryan C. Gordon
Date: Tue Nov 03 2009 - 20:10:03 EST

> You mentioned the patent thing and I don't have an answer at all yet from
> a lawyer. Let's table this for awhile until I have more information about
> that. If there's going to be a patent problem, it's not worth wasting
> everyone's time any further.
> If it turns out to be no big deal, we can decide to revisit this.

The Software Freedom Law Center replied with this...

"I refer you to our Legal Guide section on dealing with patents available
from our website. I also refer you to our amici brief in Bilski, where we
argue that patents on pure software are invalid. If a patent is invalid,
there's no reason to consider whether it is infringed."

...which may be promising some day, but doesn't resolve current concerns.
Also: "I read a FAQ" doesn't hold up in court. :)

Based on feedback from this list, the patent concern that I'm not
qualified to resolve myself, and belief that I'll be on the losing end of
the same argument with the glibc maintainers after this, I'm withdrawing
my FatELF patch. If anyone wants it, I'll leave the project page and
patches in place at ...

Thank you everyone for your time and feedback.


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