[pypy-dev] Intellectual property

holger krekel hpk at trillke.net
Mon Jan 13 12:24:16 CET 2003

[David Ascher Sun, Jan 12, 2003 at 04:33:14PM -0800]
> Christian Tismer wrote:
> > David Ascher wrote:
> >
> >> I'd like to suggest that the issue of intellectual property and 
> >> license be tackled _very_ early.  Anything else is inexcusable IMO =).
> >
> >
> > David? Whom are you afraid of? Not me, I hope!
> I'm afraid of no one -- I'm afraid of lazyness which makes early 
> non-decisions hard to reverse.  Some projects would like to change their 
> license, for example, but can't because the IP assignment is so complicated.
> >> Proposal:
> >>  - all of the minipy IP is assigned to the PSF.
> >>  - the license is either the PSF license or the Academic Free License 
> >> http://www.opensource.org/licenses/academic.php.
> >>    (the advangate of the AFL is the patent protection, which I 
> >> suspect may be relevant in this particular implementation).
> >
> >
> > Hmm. Or do you believe this project can be so
> > *very* successful that we should be afraid
> > of larger companies, who might 'see sharp'
> > upon us. ;-)
> I just think defensive patent strategies should be thought about.  It's 
> ok, as long as the PSF has copyright, the PSF could always change the 
> license on later releases if it saw fit.

Could you give a small example scenario?  What could the PSF do
if Microsoft and Sun each claim that the project makes illegal use 
of some 1000 patents?  

Isn't it a very bad idea to transfer "IP" to an american 
institution?  Sorry, but the States seem to take the lead in
ridicoulous Patent and Copyright law with Europe following closely.


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