|From:||"Tsunakawa, Takayuki" <tsunakawa(dot)takay(at)jp(dot)fujitsu(dot)com>|
|To:||'Craig Ringer' <craig(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>|
|Subject:||RE: How can we submit code patches that implement our (pending) patents?|
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From: Craig Ringer [mailto:craig(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com]
> I'm assuming you don't want to offer a grant that lets anyone use them for
> anything. But if you have a really broad grant to PostgreSQL, all someone
> would have to do to inherit the grant is re-use some part of PostgreSQL.
Your assumption is right. No scope is the same as no patent; it won't help to defend PostgreSQL community against rival companies/communities of other DBMSs. Or, I think we can set the scope to what OIN states. Fortunately, anyone can join OIN free of charge.
> I guess there's a middle ground somewhere that protects substantial
> derivatives and extracts but stops you using some Pg code snippets as a
> freebie license.
Are you assuming that developers want to use PG code snippets for non-PostgreSQL or even non-DBMS software? I believe that accepting patented code from companies would be practically more useful for PostgreSQL enhancement and growth. PostgreSQL is now a mature software, and it can be more corporate-friendly like other software under Apache License.
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