Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 16:43 UTC, submitted by mwtomlinson
Novell and Ximian The Free Software Foundation is reviewing Novell's right to sell new versions of Linux operating system software after the open-source community criticized Novell for teaming up with Microsoft. "The community of people wants to do anything they can to interfere with this deal and all deals like it. They have every reason to be deeply concerned that this is the beginning of a significant patent aggression by Microsoft," Eben Moglen, the Foundation's general counsel, said on Friday. Update: The FSF claims this is being hyped.
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What the Microsoft-Novell deal implies is that non-Novell customers have fewer rights than granted in GPL2 and only Novell customers have the rights granted in GPL2.

It only implies that to people who do not understand intellectual property law.

All a technology cross license agreement can do is grant access rights. It cannot legally remove any access right. All the GPL does is grant access rights. There is no way that a grant of additional access rights can remove already granted rights.

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