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Linux-Watch: Oracle Joins Linux Patent Commons

Mar 27, 2007, 15:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"On March 27, Oracle and the Open Invention Network (OIN) will announce that Oracle will become an OIN licensee. By doing this, Oracle opens the doors to making some of its patents available royalty-free to any company, institution, or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against Linux.

"OIN members--which currently include IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat, and Sony--agree to assign software patents that might affect Linux to the OIN. These patents can then be used by anyone in Linux without having to pay any royalty..."

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