The Inquirer: IBM Patents Method for Paying Open Source Volunteers
Jan 27, 2004, 14:45 (4 Talkback[s])
[ Thanks to Jason
Greenwood for this link. ]
"A patent IBM was granted last December is for an 'invention'
that allows independent programmers who might work together to
produce a unified software product.
"In fact, the patent, 6,658,642 goes further and gives examples
such as open source software development such as Linux as the basis
for its patent..."