Groklaw: GPLv3 on the Novell-Microsoft Patent Agreement
Mar 29, 2007, 14:15 (11 Talkback[s])
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"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..."