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 Post subject: Novell Patents to Remain Open Source
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:01 pm 
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It's a great day for Linux and Open Source in general.

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) announced today, April 20th, that in order to proceed with the first phase of their acquisition of certain patents and patent applications from Novell, CPTN Holdings has altered their original agreements to address the department’s antitrust concerns. In particular, “The department said that, as originally proposed, the deal would jeopardize the ability of open source software, such as Linux, to continue to innovate and compete in the development and distribution of server, desktop, and mobile operating systems, middleware, and virtualization products. Although the department will allow the transaction to proceed, it will continue investigating the distribution of the Novell patent to the CPTN owners.”


Read the whole story here: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/microsoft-gets-novells-patents-rights-but-must-share-them-with-open-source-software/8713

It basically goes on to say that CPTN Holding (Microsoft front company) can't decided to alter the licenses of patents originally released under the GNU General Public License, Version 2. They have to leave those patents' licenses alone. Basically, the DoJ is looking out for projects like Linux developments and keeping them safe from the big bad wolf, who would try to knock their house down.

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 Post subject: Re: Novell Patents to Remain Open Source
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:43 pm 
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It is good news.
But, having a pessimistic view on this whole thing, I'm thinking that the biggest change of this will be the "re-writing" of the LLC terms that CPTN was "bound" to on it's inception, if you catch my drift.


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