[opensource-dev] New TOS - Compulsory patent licensing gone?

Lear Cale lear.cale at gmail.com
Thu Apr 1 09:31:37 PDT 2010


This was never prohibited by the old patent clause, which applied only
to the patent holder's content.



On Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 2:05 AM, Jonathan Bishop
<bishopj at bishopphillips.com> wrote:
>> The new TOS does not include a section on compulsory patent licensing.
>> I hope that this omission was unintended and will be rectified, as
>> software patents are a particular danger to open source developers.
>
>
> Actually, it is more serious than the open source developers...and way more
> problematic than the complex and subtle interplay of the TOS and the TPVP.
> Without the "patent peace" clause it is possible for people to apply to
> patent content in SL.  Which means scripts and combinations of objects and
> methods.
>
>
> This is potentially disastrous for SL creators and LL as their world could
> be wrapped up in patents that prevent the creation of new content.  We could
> look forward to patents on "a method to simulate wearable realworld skirts
> using attached textured prims" - the prim skirt, and "a method to conduct
> meetings in virtual worlds among remote attendees" - the meeting room.
>
> And, of course none of the content would be of sufficient value to justify
> filing a defense over.
>
> Regards
>
> Jonathan Bishop
>
>
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