Richard M Stallman <rms at gnu dot org> wrote:
I have nothing against obtaining patents to be used only defensively.
If company A wants to do this, I presume it will start by give
everyone a royalty-free license to use the original standard.
We can also imagine a troll trap condition of the form "provided you
don't participate in any other patent license covering the use of the
standard which is offered to the general public and requires payment
to any specified party." I would not object to conditions of that
sort. IANAL so I don't know whether such conditions are considered
lawful in any country.
This is completely different from the hundred or so "campaign" e-mails
sent to this list which said that all software patents are evil and all
software standards must be 100% patent-free.
Doug Ewell * Thornton, Colorado, USA * RFC 4645 * UTN #14
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