[Mono-list] Re: Sleepless at Patentland...

Ravi Pratap M ravi@che.iitm.ac.in
Thu, 9 Aug 2001 23:13:24 +0530 (IST)

Hi guys,

	Seeing this reply makes me breathe easier ;-) I was worrying about
the same thing as Rafael and was rather worried about it.

	Well, whatever !



On 9 Aug 2001, Miguel de Icaza wrote:

> > Personally, I have no money to pay attorneys or royalties, and even as we
> > are not guilt of any wrong-doing a judge can order us to indemnify
> > Microsoft, because after publishing something as GPL that conflicts with a
> > patent, we canīt offer to get it back, ceasing to affect the patentīs owner
> > licensing rights.
> Software Patents have their share of problems, they must be abolished.
> Please read this first:
> 	http://scriptingnews.userland.com/backissues/2001/08/02
> Read the section `Microsoft Poisoned Ecosystem'.
> After you read that.  And only after you read that, read this:
> Free software probably is violating a lot of bogus patents that are
> owned by companies like Microsoft.  C# and the CLI are the least of
> the problems right now.
> At least our policy when implementing something is:
> 	Look for prior art, use published techniques or well known
> 	algorithms to work around patents.
> Microsoft is also not the worst when it comes to using patents.  So
> far they have used patents for defensive purposes, but if that changes
> you might as well stop writing any software that is going to compete
> with anything they do (games, OS, web services, tools, compilers,
> documentation, productivity applications).
> Please read
> Miguel.
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	Ravi Pratap M         <ravi@che.iitm.ac.in>