Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Mar 2013 23:16 UTC
Google This. This is what we need. These are the kind of steps from which we all benefit. Google has just announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge: the company promises not to sue any users, distributors, or developers of open source products based on the patents it owns (unless first attacked).
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I'm gonna go ahead and call this nothing but a disaster (if it takes off).

Let me explain. By freeing open source from patent issues, Google is defusing the patent bubble just enough for some people (OSS fanatics) to be satisfied with what they get, i.e. we get fewer people pushing for change.

Why should open source get a free ride, while the rest of us devs still have to walk this minefield?

Lets piss on these scraps they are throwing us, and call for real change!


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