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Re: [pgsql-www] Software Patents

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: "Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Cc: Jean-Paul Argudo <jean-paul(at)argudo(dot)org>,pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [pgsql-www] Software Patents
Date: 2005-04-22 15:20:40
Message-ID: 200504221520.j3MFKeP28974@candle.pha.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Marc G. Fournier wrote:
> On Fri, 22 Apr 2005, Bruce Momjian wrote:
> 
> > Jean-Paul Argudo wrote:
> >> I really feel sad and sorry to read here it was really problematic for US part
> >> of PostgreSQL project, I felt like the PostgreSQL project was more American
> >> than International then, since American issues on that topic overrided others
> >> arguments.
> >
> > I don't see this as an international vs. USA issue at all.  If anything,
> > I am embarrassed by the USA in this area.
> 
> One thing to note ... with ppl like Fujitsu and Greenplum doing 
> "extensions" to PostgreSQL and re-releasing it, how many of those 
> extensions are patent'd?  In Greenplum's case, I believe that they do 
> intend on having some patent'd stuff added to their code base, but it 
> won't carry over to ours ...
> 
> Our goal should be (I think) to be "patent free" when we know about 
> patents, just like we did with IBM/ARC ... if we started to become 
> "anti-patents", though, how would that reflect on those like 
> Fujitsu/GreenPlum?  In Fujitsu's case, they have definitely done *alot* to 
> advance some very large/key features in PostgreSQL, but do we cast a 
> shadow across the project by taking an 'anti-patent' stance when one of 
> our major contributors most probably has *several*?

Good distinction.  It is a lot easier to get agreement on being
"patent-free" rather than "anti-patent".

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