Re: [PATCH] add exFAT driver

From: Alexander Holler
Date: Wed Sep 25 2013 - 18:02:18 EST

Am 25.09.2013 23:44, schrieb Anton Altaparmakov:
> Hi,
> On 25 Sep 2013, at 21:21, Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 09:28:56PM +0200, Alexander Holler wrote:
>>> Maybe a silly question, but isn't exFAT protected by some MS owned
>>> patents which might drive Linux users into the hand of MS lawyers as
>>> already happened with FAT?
> Yes, it is. You cannot use exFAT without a Microsoft patent license (unless you live in countries without software patents perhaps).

That part about software patents is a farce. Here in Germany (and as I
understood in whole Europe), software patents should not exist. But the
FAT patent got approved by our Bungesgerichtshof, which is something
like the Federal Supreme court in the US.


Alexander Holler

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