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How The GPL Defangs Patent Trolls

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| Why would a patent troll agree to this? Don Marti explains how the GPL
| strengthened Red Hat's bargaining position. In a normal patent licensing
| negotiation, the patent troll would demand a per-user license fee that would
| be passed along to the vendor's customers. But the GPL specifically prohibits
| Red Hat from doing this; if Red Hat agreed to pay per-user royalties, it
| would be in violation of the GPL and would lose the right to distribute the
| software at all.
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http://techdirt.com/articles/20080613/0705261402.shtml


Recent:

Red Hat Makes History With Patent Settlement - Compatible with GPLv3

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| Here's what Eben Moglen says about the agreement:
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| "Red Hat’s settlement of outstanding patent litigation on terms that provide
| additional protection to other members of the community upstream and
| downstream from Red Hat is a positive contribution to the resources
| for community patent defense. We would hope to see more settlements
| Â*of this kind–in which parties secure more than their own particular
| Â*legal advantage in relation to the third-party patent risk of the
| Â*whole FOSS community–when commercial redistributors of FOSS choose
| Â*to settle Â*patent litigation. SFLC welcomes Red Hat’s efforts on the
| Â*community’s behalf."
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http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?s...80611191302741

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