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From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Hannu Krosing <hannu(at)tm(dot)ee>
Cc: Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)dcc(dot)uchile(dot)cl>,"Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>,pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: US Patents vs Non-US software ...
Date: 2005-01-21 16:54:26
Message-ID: 200501211654.j0LGsQd18298@candle.pha.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Hannu Krosing wrote:
> ?hel kenal p?eval (esmasp?ev, 17. jaanuar 2005, 21:45-0300), kirjutas
> Alvaro Herrera:
> > On Mon, Jan 17, 2005 at 07:31:48PM -0400, Marc G. Fournier wrote:
> > 
> > > Just curious here, but are patents global?  PostgreSQL is not US software, 
> > > but it is run within the US ... so, would this patent, if it goes through, 
> > > only affect those using PostgreSQL in the US, or do patents somehow 
> > > transcend international borders?
> > 
> > No, they are limited to the territory they are registered in.
> > 
> > Not sure how that applies to somebody who just uses Postgres in the US;
> > of course, IANAL.
> 
> USAmericans can just place their servers somewhere not under US
> jurisdiction (Cuba) or even better, in legal vacuum (Quantanamo) and run
> client over internet.
> 
> If something infringes then it surely is the server, not the client.

Yes, our development group itself is perhaps OK, but that doesn't help
US companies using it, nor US companies packaging/distributing
commerical versions of PostgreSQL.

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