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ZDNet UK: Saving Linux from the Lawyers

Nov 21, 2005, 16:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Graeme Wearden)

"Concern has grown over the past year that Linux could be under legal threat connected with claims that it infringes certain software patents. Although no court cases have been brought, the issue is serious enough for several companies to have pledged not to use their patent portfolios against the open source operating system.

"To coordinate this process, the OSDL has launched a Web site to help developers check which patents have been pledged. Patent Commons contains over 500 patents so far--but is that enough to have a significant effect on the problem...?"

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