[Mono-list] mono, MS, and legalities

Michael Poole mdpoole at troilus.org
Fri Aug 3 12:56:02 EDT 2007

josh coffman writes:

> Anyone know a good resource or contact for answering someone who is concerned about legalities on mono? Someone asked me (like I know) about any patent issues, especially regarding the MS-Novell deal.

Find a local, well-reputed lawyer specializing in intellectual property.

The person who asked you cannot get what is called "legal advice" from
a canned response -- or a non-lawyer -- and very few lawyers will give
legal advice for free or over email.  It has to be given to address
the particular question or situation.

In practice, the ultimate authority is the court hearing a lawsuit,
and I don't think there have been any lawsuits *or* rulings on Mono
and patents, on the Microsoft-Novell agreement, or on closely related

Michael "not a lawyer" Poole

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