Acceptable patent license for free software?
simo.sorce at xsec.it
Thu Apr 3 15:59:27 UTC 2008
On Thu, 2008-04-03 at 15:44 +0200, Simon Josefsson wrote:
> Hi! I'm writing guidelines for IETF document authors on how to achieve
> free software compatible copyright and patent licenses . The
> copyright area is rather well understood, I think; pick any liberal
> license that is compatible with all (reasonable) free software licenses
> and you are done.
> However, the patent license area seems less clear to me.
> Does anyone have some references to any patent license that have been
> deemed acceptable to some free software projects?
The GPLv3 now embeds a patent license grant so that's one.
IIRC Apache and Eclipse license also have patent provisions.
This is the RedHat promise on software patents:
Not sure you can call it a license technically, but it is what Red Hat
uses to let free software projects use his patents.
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