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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MyNameIsNot4Letter
Member since:
2011-01-09

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!


/Uni

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przemo_li Member since:
2010-06-01

No it actually would increase pressure for a change from small/middle sized companies that produce/use proprietary solutions.

Since they would see benefits of NO-PATENTS-ALLOWED (tm), clearly.

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SeeM Member since:
2011-09-10

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.


You don't understand them at all. They don't create any bubble. They say: "You can ignore our patents in open source projects. By the way, if you decide to go commercial you're SCREWED unless you join Google. No one will buy your project anyway, because of patents violation and you have 0 of them to cross license."

If anyone will ignore patents in open source will never be able to gain profit from it.

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ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

"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.


You don't understand them at all. They don't create any bubble. They say: "You can ignore our patents in open source projects. By the way, if you decide to go commercial you're SCREWED unless you join Google. No one will buy your project anyway, because of patents violation and you have 0 of them to cross license."

If anyone will ignore patents in open source will never be able to gain profit from it.
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Maybe I missed it, but I can't find anywhere in the pledge any requirement about OSS projects being non commercial.

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