[lug] FYI: OIN Update

Davide Del Vento davide.del.vento at gmail.com
Mon Feb 27 15:02:10 MST 2012

Interesting news!

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From: Davide Del Vento <ddvento at ucar.edu>
Date: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 14:57
Subject: FYI: OIN Update
To: Davide Del Vento <davide.del.vento at gmail.com>

On 02/27/2012 01:01 PM, EMeintzer at OpenInventionNetwork.com wrote:
> Hello....I am writing to you to let you know that Open Invention Network
> (OIN) will shortly be announcing that it is significantly expanding and
> updating the Linux System technologies covered by its protective network
> of cross-licenses among its members and other licensees. Over 750 new
> software packages are included in the new Linux system definition –
> including popular packages such as KVM, Git, OpenJDK, and WebKit. In
> addition, updated versions of over 1,000 existing software packages,
> such as the Linux kernel, Firefox, Apache, MySQL, OpenOffice, Perl,
> Python, and Ruby, have been included.
> This will have the positive effect of broadening the scope of coverage
> of the patent cross licenses and releases from claims of patent
> infringement between OIN community members that are important benefits
> of OIN’s license. The improved coverage of the OIN license is designed
> to encourage ongoing collaboration and increased investment from Linux
> developers, distributors, sellers, resellers and end-users.
> In order to effect these changes, OIN has had to make some changes to
> its documentation. In addition, OIN has accommodated the needs of two of
> OIN’s original members – Sony and Philips – by creating a limited
> technology ‘carve out’ which restricts their access to only those
> technology areas where they actually contribute patents back into the
> community via the cross license. In separate correspondence you will
> receive a copy of a formal notice letter which outlines the changes
> referenced above.
> I look forward to fielding any questions you might have regarding the
> notice letter or the Linux System Definition expansion. OIN is committed
> to ensuring the Linux System Definition keeps pace with the rapid
> expansion of Linux into new markets and looks forward to supporting you
> in your Linux–related development activities now and in the future.
> Best Regards,
> Ed
> Edward Meintzer
> Open Invention Network
> Research Triangle Park Center
> 4819 Emperor Boulevard, Suite 400
> Durham, NC 27703
> T: (919) 313-4904
> F: (919) 313-4905
> emeintzer at openinventionnetwork.com

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