European Free Software / US patent issue

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at
Sun Jan 19 17:21:52 UTC 2003

On Fri, Jan 17, 2003 at 09:21:40PM +0100, Arnoud Galactus Engelfriet wrote:
> Bernhard Reiter wrote:
> > On Thu, Jan 16, 2003 at 09:53:01PM +0100, Arnoud Galactus Engelfriet wrote:
> > > Right. But if someone else uses your work commercially, he'd
> > > be infringing, not you. Still, it doesn't solve your problem
> > > because your program couldnt be added to e.g. Debian.
> > 
> > Debian maintains a non-US branch,
> > because of the several restrictions the US poses on software.
> I was referring to European patents, not US patents. A
> commercial reseller of Debian CD's in Europe could be
> held liable for patent infringement if he distributes
> this non-US branch and it contains things like MPEG or MP3
> encoders/decoders.

Yes, I know.
Just wanted to mention the non-US Debian branch
which could be used for applications being tained by US patents.
It wouldn't help for European patents.
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