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Subject: RE: RE: Rockbox Intellectual Property question
From: Ofir Carny (Ofir_at_vidius.co.il)
Date: 2003-05-22


You are right about the code, but that's not what I meant, if he had managed to patent it, it would have been
impossible for anyone else to implement the invention without licensing.

This not only means no one could copy the GPL'd code, they already can't, but that no one could recode it themselves
without licensing. This is much stronger protection than the GPL provides.

-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Duncan Jones [mailto:jonesc5_at_cc.wwu.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 8:09 PM
To: rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se
Subject: Re: RE: Rockbox Intellectual Property question

I take it that Rockbox itself is under the GPL? Then any derivative
work - and I would imagine that Talkbox is a paradigm example - is
thereby GPL'd... and therefore unsuitable for proprietary
consumption....

Don't have a copy of the GPL at my fingertips, but my recollection is
that the language on that matter is pretty clear.

cdj

Ofir Carny wrote:

>I think you have a point there, by applying to a patent you could
potentially force anyone who uses your invention to
>distribute under the GPL, that would be cool.
>
>However, I am not sure it is worth the time or money.
>
>Keep up the good work,
> Ofir
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: ds2list [mailto:ds2list_at_yahoo.com]
>Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 2:40 AM
>To: rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se
>Subject: Re: Rockbox Intellectual Property question
>
>
>
>Thanks for all the interesting feedback.
>
>I guess that I forgot that the GPL is designed to encourage
>the spreading of ideas. I didn't know whether it encouraged the
>spread of its ideas into proprietary software however.
>
>-Danan
>
>
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