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Groklaw: GPLv3 on the Novell-Microsoft Patent Agreement

Mar 29, 2007, 14:15 (11 Talkback[s])

"I thought it would be worthwhile to collect from the FSF's rationale document the explanations of Section 11 on patents in GPLv3 draft 3. That is the section that addresses the Novell-Microsoft patent agreement, particularly the fourth and fifth paragraphs. I think when you read it, you'll see the Novell trajectory. So, I will put first, Section 11 and then the explanation of what the section is trying to accomplish.

"The rationale document includes condemnatory language of the patent deal and of Novell's conduct. The company certainly can't any longer after this pretend that the deal has not affected how it is viewed by the FOSS community or that it has not disrespected the GPL, I don't think..."

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