Re: GAO VVSG - definition of open software

From: Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joehall_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sat Jul 09 2005 - 13:03:23 CDT

On 7/9/05, Nathan L. Adams <nadams@ieee.org> wrote:
>
> Patents can be a show stopper for F/OSS projects such as the OVC:
>
> http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/oasis.html/view?searchterm=patents

I would have to agree that any standard encumbered by patents (or the
future possibility thereof) that is not royalty-free, non-exclusive
and universally licensable would not be an "open" one. I think this
is an essential discussion to have given the RAND/RF IPR debacle that
OASIS recently had to go through... further, isn't elections a place
where it is extremely unlikely that data format patents would be
granted? (This isn't rocket science)

Thoughts? -Joe

-- 
Joseph Lorenzo Hall
UC Berkeley, SIMS PhD Student
<http://josephhall.org/>
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