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Alex Hudson home at alexhudson.com
Tue Jan 8 08:20:11 UTC 2008

On Tue, 2008-01-08 at 00:15 +0000, Rui Miguel Silva Seabra wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 07, 2008 at 07:18:36PM +0000, Alex Hudson wrote:
> > Indeed, the correct title of the agremeent is:
> > 
> > "Microsoft Work Group Server Protocol Program License Agreement (No
> > Patents)"
> > 
> > - http://samba.org/samba/PFIF/PFIF_agreement.pdf
> That's the: "if you don't want to license patents but to develop under
> an NDA" agreement.

Which is the agreement they entered into.

You claimed that they paid money to Microsoft "for patents".

> You get to access, under very controlled conditions, some very hard to
> read documentation which you will not be able to talk about with anyone.

That's a completely different argument. Whether or not you like the deal
is really neither here nor there; the point is, money was not paid to
Microsoft in recognition of their patent rights.



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