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Re: IBM releases 500 patents

From: "Jim C(dot) Nasby" <decibel(at)decibel(dot)org>
To: Elein Mustain <elein(at)tulip(dot)norcov(dot)com>,Darcy Buskermolen <darcy(at)wavefire(dot)com>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: IBM releases 500 patents
Date: 2005-01-15 02:24:12
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On Fri, Jan 14, 2005 at 10:28:52AM -0600, Bruno Wolff III wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 11, 2005 at 10:33:44 -0800,
>   Elein Mustain <elein(at)tulip(dot)norcov(dot)com> wrote:
> > They probaly released the informix database patents.
> > This is pertinent to us as several of them were interesting
> > implementations of things like the function manager.
> From what I read of this, the way they released the patents isn't completely
> compatible with BSD licenses.

Is the only concern the commercialized offerings of PostgreSQL? It seems
that commercial entities could either negotiate terms with IBM or help
maintain a 'patent-free' branch of PostgreSQL. Yes, sub-optimal and a
good amount of work, but depending on what's to be gained by utilizing
some of the patents it might still be better for PostgreSQL overall.

I don't know how useful the IP in the patents is, but I'd hate to see it
dismissed out-of-hand because of licensing difficulties that could be
Jim C. Nasby, Database Consultant               decibel(at)decibel(dot)org 
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