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Re: [pgsql-advocacy] Software Patents

From: "Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
To: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
Cc: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>,Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>, pgsql-www(at)postgresql(dot)org,pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [pgsql-advocacy] Software Patents
Date: 2005-04-22 16:54:37
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On Thu, 21 Apr 2005, Joshua D. Drake wrote:

> All due respect but perhaps it is worth considering the issue as a total 
> community versus just how it affects you.

Note that I don't necessarily agree with Bruce about how "high profile" 
this is ...

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

Whereas, from a "business community" standpoint, there it affects, but not 
from the "OSS PostgreSQL Community" side ... the only way it truly affects 
"the community" is if someone like SRA wanted to release patent'd code 
into our core code base, and I can't see them doing that without a 
suitabily written 'right to use' attached to it that would be agreeable to 
the community as a whole (including those other businesses doing their own 
bundles), or else it wouldn't be included ...

Unless I'm missing something?

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