"Brian" == Brian Rosen <br(_at_)brianrosen(_dot_)net> writes:
Brian> You guys don't have a problem with the "defensive
Brian> suspension"/"no first use" clauses, do you?
There is not consensus in the free software community on this issue.
I believe the Open Source Initiative (opensource.org) is OK with such
clauses. Debian (debian.org) is not although there are some of us
within Debian who question this decision. I don't know what the FSF's
stance is on this issue.
This is one of the many reasons why I think the free software
community needs to get together and decide what it wants *before*
coming to the IETF.
Again, I'm not proposing that the free software community can change
the IETF's IPR policies We had that debate recently and it's clear
there is not consensus to change it.
I do think that some patent holders want to make their technology
available to the free software community. I believe that if the free
software community agreed on what it wanted, it would be reasonable
for the IETF to pass that along to IPR holders as information to
consider when drafting proposed licenses.
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