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From "David Derry" <dde...@acm.org>
Subject Re:[OT] Indemnification & copyright
Date Mon, 23 Sep 2002 22:33:05 GMT
And what are they doing to prevent 'accidental patent material inclusion' by
in-house developers?


----- Original Message -----
From: "Malcolm Davis" <malcolm@nuearth.com>
> I appreciate everybody's comments.
>
> This problem extends beyond Struts, but to all freeware,
> opens source, etc, inside this particular organization.  The
> organization is a multi-billion dollar IT firm, (I will
> leave it at that).
>
> 1.  The contribution of the copyright or patent material
> might be totally accidental in nature.
> 2.  Apache does not indemnify the software against copyright
> or patent infringement.
>
> I like the 'receipt for cheap car stereo' analogy.
>
> Microsoft paid $100 Million over 'accidental patent material
> ' regarding DoubleDisk technology.  How accidental I don't
> know.  But this is the fear of these corporate lawyers.
>
> - Malcolm



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