Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Oct 2010 14:55 UTC
Legal Speaking of patent lawsuits - somebody pointed out to me that both Oracle and Google are members of the Open Invention Network. This struck me as odd - doesn't the OIN license require you to promise not to assert your patents against Linux systems? And, uhm, isn't that kind of what Oracle is doing right now? Well, yes, they might be suing a Linux System - but they're not suing a Linux System as defined by the OIN.
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FlorianMueller
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2010-10-07

Just to clarify this, one thing is that the definition on the website currently makes a certain statement. But it's another thing that in the actual license agreement, the definition is subject to change at any time:
http://www.openinventionnetwork.com/pat_license_agreement.php
“Linux System” shall, at any time, have the meaning set forth, at that time, on www.openinventionnetwork.com.

So there isn't really any reliability in terms of future versions since they reserve the right to change the definition whenever they want, whichever way they want.

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