Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th May 2009 22:32 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Mono Project If there is one technology in the Linux world that ruffles feathers whenever it's mentioned, it's Mono, the open source .Net clone. Since .Net comes out of Microsoft, and has some patents encircling it, it is said to be a legal nightmare. Supposedly, you can obtain a "royalty-free, reasonable and non-discriminatory" license from Microsoft regarding the patents surrounding Mono. iTWire decided to look at just how easy (or hard) it is to get such a license. Turns out it's kind of hard.
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RE[7]: minefield
by Slambert666 on Mon 1st Jun 2009 14:55 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: minefield"
Slambert666
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2008-10-30

"If, as a consequence of a court judgment or allegation of patent infringement or for any other reason (not limited to patent issues), conditions are imposed on you (whether by court order, agreement or otherwise) that contradict the conditions of this License, they do not excuse you from the conditions of this License.
(emphasis mine).

Perhaps it's my error, but I interpret this section of the GPL so that it does not need a court decision to trigger this clause. All it needs is

a.) a necessary patent license for implementing let's say an ECMA specification (which according to the articles seems to be necessary)
b.) with terms incompatible to the GPL
c.) and somebody starting to demand adherence to this license selectively
"

So you think that if Microsoft says linux infringes on 234 patents of theirs, then there is an alleged patent infringement and the kernel is in violation of the GPL? LOL :-)

What the GPL quote means is that you have to stay compliant with the remainder of the terms in the GPL even if a court order forces you to be non compliant with one of the terms.

As for the rest of your stuff, I'm now convinced that you are a anti FOSS troll working under the pretense of being pro FOSS. Obviously you want programmers to spend their time on patent licenses rather than programming.

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