[pypy-dev] Intellectual property
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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