Re: [Spi-private] IRC log from 2003-02-04 SPI Board meeting

From: Michael Banck <mbanck(at)gmx(dot)net>
To: spi-general(at)lists(dot)spi-inc(dot)org
Subject: Re: [Spi-private] IRC log from 2003-02-04 SPI Board meeting
Date: 2003-02-28 11:30:24
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On Wed, Feb 26, 2003 at 10:02:06AM +0100, Sven Luther wrote:
> > Fair enough. But on the other hand, I guess SPI has to decide whether
> > *it* wants to take up any risks and stand up for whatever code it
> > accepted. What happens if some company decides they have a patent on
> > something and tries to sue us into oblivion?
> We say we didn't know and remove the code ?

Well, we can do that once or twice. But assume that the threat is really
questionable (like, a trivial patent or a so-called DMCA-violation) but
they have more lawyers than we do? I thought the purpose of assigning
copyright is so that the organisation that holds up the transferred
copyright can easier cope with threats. If we just drop any code that
makes problems, I could imagine that not many people will see the point
in assigning copyrights to us.

So my point rather was: Do we promote that we'll fight for people
willing to assign copyrights, provided that we think the cause is just?
Do we have the resources for this?

Michael, IANAL of course


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