RedHat and software patents

Alceste Scalas tjoad at
Mon May 27 18:28:17 UTC 2002

On Mon, May 27, 2002 at 10:45:42AM +0200, Alessandro Rubini wrote:
    > Alceste:
    > >         a. you release  your work under the GNU  GPL (if you
    > >            want to use our patent without paying fees);
    > > 
    > >         b. you  pay a  royalty (if you  want to  use another
    > >            license and/or release a proprietary program)." 
    > >
    > > I think  that it could  be quite a  realistic hypothesis ---  and it
    > > could be  the first  software patent
    > Never heard of the FSMLabs patent?

Yes, you're right (I didn't remember it when I wrote my e-mail).

    > > that could be used to support Free Software :-)
    > I don't call this "support", sorry. Sure other people praise
    > the approach, but not everybody does. Note the note below,
    > though.

I  do agree  with you...   Maybe I  havent't been  clear, but  I was
joking about  something that I  think is clearly absurd:  relying on
software  patents  to  "support"  Free Software  is  something  like
relying on enlightened dictatorship to "support" people's freedom.


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