[Fsf-friends] OIN Licensees

shyam narayanan aeshyamae@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Wed Aug 8 01:14:59 IST 2007

I just surfed through the OIN site,and they says they are here for
protecting gnu/linux softwares from patent attacks and to reduce the worries
on patent issues.But my doubt  is that,where GPLV3 lacks to do all these
things?.why cant google or other companies just liscence all their softwares
in GPLV3?wont that provide enough security not to be attacked with patent
quoting from the OIN FAQ,the first question and answer is:
*"  What is Open Invention NetworkSM?*
Open Invention Network's mission is to further software innovation by
acquiring patents to be used for cross-licensing purposes to defend the
Linux System - making them available on a royalty-free basis."

So the support to OIN is because they can be used for cross-licensing
purposes?or because they are supporting the so called "intellectual
property" and bla blas?while GPLV3 is not much about that so
called"intellectual property"?
So my question is that,what OIN says to provide is already there in GPLV3?


On 8/7/07, Mani A <a.mani.cms at gmail.com> wrote:
> >From Groklaw
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Google Becomes OIN's First End User Licensee "To Help Linux Thrive"
> Tuesday, August 07 2007 @ 03:12 AM EDT
> Google has become an Open Invention Network licensee. Here's the press
> release about it.
> "Linux plays a vital role at Google, and we're strongly committed to
> supporting the Linux developer community," said Chris DiBona, Google
> open source programs manager. "We believe that by becoming an Open
> Invention Network licensee, we can encourage Linux development and
> foster innovation in a way that benefits everyone. We're proud to
> participate in OIN's mission to help Linux thrive."
> This is huge. All previous licensees have been developers, sellers or
> resellers of Linux. Plus... let's be real. It's Google. OIN becomes
> increasingly important as a shield against patent attacks
> http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20070807015043108
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> Best
> A. Mani
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