[Mono-list] Mono licence

Marcus mathpup@mylinuxisp.com
Sat, 19 Mar 2005 18:57:01 -0600

This issue comes up every few months. If everyone quit distributing software 
because of fear that the software *might* infringe on someone's patent, 
nothing would ever get distributed.

Also, even if MS were to agree not to enforce any patents that Mono might 
violate, that does not mean that some company other than MS might try to 
enforce their patents.

By your logic, Fedora should stop distributing the Linux kernel until they 
have patent releases from HP, since the Linux kernel might violate some 
patent related to VMS.

On Saturday 19 March 2005 6:13 pm, Paul wrote:
> Hi,
> > The licensing info is right on the web site
> > http://www.mono-project.com/FAQ:_Licensing
> Soooooo, we're all basically entrusting a company which has been proven
> to lie and deceive not to turn the knife.
> Just because there is something verbal to EMCA does not a legal waiver
> make. As it stands, until there is a written waiver in the hands of
> Novell from MS, the code cannot be legally released under the GPL as it
> infringes on the held and provable patents of another company.