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Re: ARC patent

From: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>,Andrew Sullivan <ajs(at)crankycanuck(dot)ca>,pgsql-hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: ARC patent
Date: 2005-01-17 19:57:33
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>However, I don't want to be beholden to IBM indefinitely --- in five
>years their corporate strategy might change.  I think that a reasonable
>response to this is to plan to get rid of ARC, or at least modify the
>code enough to avoid the patent, in time for 8.1.  (It's entirely likely
>that that will happen before the patent issues, anyway.)
>
>			regards, tom lane
>  
>
IBM makes 20% of their money from licensing patents.

That alone makes this whole conversation scare the hell out of
me.

We should be as proactive as possible with this and remove
the code (or modify as required).

Sincerely,

Joshua D. Drake




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