LinuxInsider: An Uncommon Commons
Jan 20, 2005, 04:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Philip H. Albert)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"Last week's announcement that Big Blue was giving away patents
was viewed as uncommonly good news in open source circles. When IBM
decided to contribute 500 of its patents to a 'patent commons' for
the benefit of open-source software developers and end users, it
conjured up visions of a city commons where passersby could enjoy a
sunny morning listening to the birds.
"There among the trees, grass and benches, I could just picture
500 patents stacked neatly next to the Civil War statue in the
center of the green. But as an intellectual property attorney, I
know from experience that it just does not work that way..."