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SubjectRe: Article: IBM wants to "clean up the license" of Linux
"Albert D. Cahalan" wrote:

> IBM needs a way to tightly bind a patent license to the source code.
> Without that, they are afraid to contribute. IBM might even want to
> specifically tie patents to Linux. (not also gcc, HURD, emacs...)

What IBM needs to do is play ball according to the rules that have been layed
down, or look for another market to tap.

> It is unfortunate that the FSF doesn't hold any patents. I don't think
> that they like patents at all, but they need some so that they can trade.
> (if anything, patent issues could give GPL code an advantage over BSD code)

Stallman once told me, "patents are a governement mandated monopoly".
I've thought alot about that. He's right.

Who is to say what is and is not patentable? (Do you cede that government has a
stake in all ideas???) If you want to keep TOTAL rights to something, DON'T
make it public at all.

If IBM is forced to give up a patent's protection in order to contribute to
Linux, I say good. If they choose to pass on Linux instead, I also say good.
We're enough of an influence to be noticed, and we stuck to our pricipals that
helped get us here. No company created Linux. No company can stop it, unless
people get too greedy/stupid.

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