[Members] Patents and Copyright in XEPs

Arc Riley arcriley at gmail.com
Wed Jan 22 15:29:52 UTC 2014


On Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 9:38 AM, Dave Cridland <dave at cridland.net> wrote:

>
> We could accept contributions of patents, but that would mean having to
> defend them, which in turn imposes legal fees on us, which in turn means we
> need to ensure we have revenue sufficient to cover these.
>
>
I would be in strong favor of re-donating any patents gifted to the XSF to
the Open Invention Network; http://www.openinventionnetwork.com/

They are already established to manage "free for the community" patents
while using their patent pool only defensively.  Its a pretty good setup
overall.

Several companies close with XSF have already pledged patent pools of their
own to the OIN, including patents which may directly apply to XMPP.

This doesn't help against patent trolls, who produce nothing thus defensive
patents are useless for, but law is finally taking appropriate action
against these leeches.
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