[Mageia-dev] [RFC] move cairo-dock to tainted because of trademark/patent issues

andre999 andre999mga at laposte.net
Thu Nov 10 12:15:21 CET 2011

nicolas vigier a écrit :
> On Wed, 09 Nov 2011, Michael Scherer wrote:
>> Well, I think we said we would place packages with various problem
>> related to the law, and that could be patent or something else.
>> "
>>          stuff we think we can redistribute, but that may have some
>>          patent issues or other restrictions in other countries
>> "
>> The whole point is what is exactly "patent issue".
>> One definition would be "someone found a patent related, that is
>> currently valid". That's one possibility.
> With this possibility, we need to move the kernel to tainted, as some
> people claim that they found "283 issued but not yet court-validated
> software patents that, if upheld as valid by the courts, could potentially
> be used to support patent claims against Linux" :
> http://www.osriskmanagement.com/press_releases/press_release_080204.pdf
> So I agree that we should only use tainted for package with significant
> risk.

I agree as well.
The tricky part is how we define/decide significant risk.


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