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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RE: Really?
by bowkota on Fri 29th Mar 2013 00:14 UTC in reply to "Really? "
bowkota
Member since:
2011-10-12

Google has almost 20,000 patents and they are only willing to share 10?

Even super suer Microsoft did better with its patent pledge.

PR stunt. But Google lovers will fall for it. Of course if you step on any of the other 20,000 plus Google patents you are screwed! Lol.


They're trying it out.

I wouldn't call it a PR stunt but I don't think they mind any good press from it.

Regardless, it's an interesting experiment.

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v RE[2]: Really?
by WorknMan on Fri 29th Mar 2013 00:54 in reply to "RE: Really? "
RE[3]: Really?
by przemo_li on Fri 29th Mar 2013 07:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Really? "
przemo_li Member since:
2010-06-01

It stand at least in the eye of prosecutors checking given company against anti competitive behaviour.

As for other situations, text of this pledge is public so some layers will quickly analyse it to see if its sound.

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RE[3]: Really?
by looncraz on Fri 29th Mar 2013 09:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Really? "
looncraz Member since:
2005-07-24

A public pledge is legally binding unless facts change.

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RE[3]: Really?
by BallmerKnowsBest on Sat 30th Mar 2013 17:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Really? "
BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

"They're trying it out.


The REAL question is, is this 'pledge' legally binding? If not, I'd say it holds about as much weight as the neighborhood pedophile who promises to take good care of your children if you let him babysit for awhile.
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Earlier in the week, orfanum equated Google with husbands who beat their wives; and you're now comparing them to child molesters? What, is there some kind of contest to see who can come with the most infantile & desperate-sounding condemnation of Google?

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