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Re: [pgsql-www] Software Patents

From: Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>
To: "Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Cc: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [pgsql-www] Software Patents
Date: 2005-04-22 16:57:20
Message-ID: 200504220957.20648.josh@agliodbs.com (view raw or flat)
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Marc,

> But, as a community it doesn't affect us either, since we don't include
> patent'd software, and if we are made aware of a patent related issue, we
> work to remove it
> Unless I'm missing something?

Yep.    We all spent a couple weeks discussing the ARC patent.   Tom spent 
several days coding a workaround.

Now imagine if someone were to hit us with a patent claim every week.   Would 
we get any development done?  Would any commercial user be willing to use our 
software without indemnity if they were getting served every month (or even 
once)?

That's the threat that software patents hold for OSS.

-- 
Josh Berkus
Aglio Database Solutions
San Francisco

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