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Is OIN a good defense from copyright litigation?

By jdclyde ·
http://www.gnomedesktop.org/
http://gregdek.livejournal.com/4008.html

"OIN is the Open Invention Network. Prominent members include Red Hat, Sony, Novell, IBM, and Philips, etc. The idea behind OIN: throw a bunch of patents in a pool. Make those patents available to open source developers, and to companies who support open source developers.

More importantly: pool those patents to counterattack companies who might accuse us of infringing *their* patents."


On the surface this sounds like an interesting approach to warding off future fiascoes like the SCO suits. Do you think this would work? Will it just make things worse?

What have you heard about the war against copyrights, and where is it going?

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~grumble~ software patents..... ~grumble~

by Jaqui In reply to Is OIN a good defense fro ...

why on earth are they patenting a "literary work" anyways.

software patents are a complete screwup and should be outlawed around the world.


I doubt that anyone is actually battling copyright jd. copyright is what most open source projects use to protect the people involved.

patents, those need to be killed in reguards to software...
patenting an equation..or a literary work is just wrong.

maybe I should apply for a patent on this equation:
1+1=2
then every program in the world would be infringing on the patent.

or, patent a basic header file....
make every program that uses an include be in violation of the patent.
same crap.
leterary works [ written word and mathematics, are both exempt from patents, yet every bit of software is a literary work that uses mathematics. ]

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literary works

by rob mekel In reply to ~grumble~ software patent ...

Literary works are protected by copyrights. You can't copy those works without asking permission. So in a way they are patented.

But then you knew that didn't you :)

Rob

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yup, but

by Jaqui In reply to literary works

since software is copyrighted as soon as it's written, just as any other written item, why would you need to go buy a patent for it, when patents for literary works are illegal?

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no sence

by rob mekel In reply to yup, but

in doing that, is there?

Well, maybe to keep ppl employed. :)
Better find them some real jobs then, better they find themselfs some jobs.

Shoot, you have to pay to get it patented. Darn they have real jobs, then who the heck is making those silly rules.

Maybe they did mean: buy the rights of using the written stuff that is protected by copyright! :)
That would make sence, wouldn't it?

Rob

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