Patent threat to open source is limited?

by Steve Mallett

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Daniel Ravicher, executive director at the Public Patent Foundation, who produced a report last month for the Open Source Risk Management firm involving Pamela Jones and Bruce Perens has come out suggesting that individual open source developers are likely safer than proprietary software developers from losing patent lawsuits because there are so many hands involved, "In essence, the common theme is that, because of the network effects inherent with free [open source] software, no party or project of any significance can be singled out for attack on the basis of patent infringement."

So, now if you can fend of all the lawyers you're probably home free!


2007-02-02 07:43:39
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