[JDEV] New Patent Policy at W3C

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Tue Oct 2 09:12:49 CDT 2001

> Does it make sense to label the contributions and specifications on
> jabber.org or jabbercentral.org with a statement on their patent policy.
> We are doing this at Jabbercentral by marking clients as Open Source or
> Proprietary.

Open-source vs. proprietary does not speak to patented vs. patent-free.
Those are different dimensions you could measure software against (e.g., I
could have open-source software that depends on some patent, or
proprietary -- i.e., closed-source -- software that is patent-free).

However, AFAIK almost all the software at jabber.org and jabbercentral is
labeled as to its licensing (though not necessarily in relation to any


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