Microsoft prohibits GPLed work via licensing of CIFS standards

Jeroen Dekkers jeroen at
Sat Apr 6 19:21:02 UTC 2002

On Sat, Apr 06, 2002 at 04:56:05PM +0100, Jo?o Miguel Neves wrote:
> On S?b, 2002-04-06 at 10:58, MJ Ray wrote:
> > RAND is not good enough, is it?
> > 
> No, because RAND licenses are per copy, so you can't have the freedom to
> redistribute the program. This means it can't be used on Free Software.

Why do we care about those patents at all? I agree that the USA is an
important part of the world, but it isn't *the* world. We don't have
patents in Europe and hopefully never get them. This means patents
aren't a problem for all developers in non-USA world. You have the
freedom to redistributie the program, only in some countries where the
people don't have freedom you can't. (Countries like the USA, Irak,

Jeroen Dekkers
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