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Groklaw: Sun's Schwartz and McNealy: Patent Pledge Only for CDDL Licensees

Feb 03, 2005, 13:45 (36 Talkback[s])

"In case you were holding your breath, you can let it out now. Sun has declared itself. It doesn't care about the GPL segment of the FOSS community, the patents are only for signed-up licensees of the CDDL, and what's the beef?

"I asked Dan Ravicher of PubPat.org if he had any reaction to share with you, and he said this:

"My advice is that developers should ask themselves if they really want to work on software distributed by a company that has expressly retained the right to sue them for patent infringement if they don't give their improvements back to the company...'"

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