Response from M-Systems
David.Woodhouse at mvhi.com
Fri Jul 9 16:21:25 EDT 1999
jgg at deltatee.com said:
> Yeah, he wouldn't. The GPL is reasonably clear that you have to give
> up patent rights. IBM's laywers and Apple's laywers both concure on
> this. If you as a compay GPL an implementation for an algorithm then
> that company must give free use patent rights to everyone who recieves
> a copy of the code, which is effectively everyone.
And if I personally release some code under GPL, what then? Have I
singlehandedly voided their patents, to which I didn't have any right in the
I'd like to know precisely why IBM and Apple lawyers think that. I can't see
it myself. Of course, I'm not a lawyer, but I'd expect to understand if I saw
the explanation. Can you see an actual flaw in my logic?
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