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Debian Position on Software Patents

Feb 21, 2012, 16:00 (1 Talkback[s])

"Policy Statement Debian will not knowingly distribute software encumbered by patents; Debian contributors should not package or distribute software they know to infringe a patent. Debian will not accept a patent license that is inconsistent with the Debian Social Contract or Debian Free Software Guidelines.

Unless communications related to patents are subject to attorney-client privilege, community members may be forced to produce them in a lawsuit. Also, patent concerns expressed publicly may turn out to be unfounded but create a good deal of fear, uncertainty, and doubt in the meantime. Therefore, please refrain from posting patent concerns publicly or discussing patents outside of communication with legal counsel, where they are subject to attorney-client privilege.

Patent risks affect the entire community. If you are concerned about a specific patent, please do not keep it to yourself ? notify legal counsel.

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