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Groklaw: SFLC's Bradley M. Kuhn's Letter to the FOSS Dev. Community Regarding MS's Patent Promise

Nov 10, 2006, 16:00 (1 Talkback[s])

"The patent covenant only applies to software that you develop at home and keep for yourself; the promises don't extend to others when you distribute. You cannot pass the rights to your downstream recipients, even to the maintainers of larger projects on which your contribution is built...

"It's worse than useless, as this empty promise can create a false sense of security. Don't be confused by the illusion of a truce; developers are no safer from Microsoft patents now than they were before. Instead, Microsoft has used this patent pledge to indicate that, in their view, the only good Free Software developer is an isolated, uncompensated, unimportant Free Software developer..."

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