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CNET News: Torvalds: What, Me Worry?

Jul 09, 2003, 15:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

[ Thanks to rimdo for this link. ]

"Q: Has the SCO lawsuit changed your daily work practices at all, and do you envision a screening process before code is submitted or accepted, rather than letting copyright holders check after it's accepted?

"A: We've had screening processes in place for the longest time, but they've not been for IP issues as much as a way to let people comment publicly on new features.

"Does putting the responsibility to find patent infringement on the patent-holders run the risk that the patent will come to light after someone has included patented material in Linux, after which it will be extremely difficult to extricate?

"Finding patent infringement has always been a responsibility of the patent holders. I didn't put it there...It is a fact that I do not encourage engineers to look up patent information, for example. You ask any lawyer about it, and they will tell you that I'm right. It's not the job of an engineer to try to find out about other peoples patents, since that just taints them, exactly something you do not want to happen..."

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