Title: Address the fontana fixme in gpl-lgpl.tex
Uncommented material on implied patent licenses and GPLv3 sec. 11 definition of "patent license", with added sentence noting final paragraph of sec. 11.
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Uncommented material on implied patent licenses and GPLv3 sec. 11 definition of "patent license", with added sentence noting final paragraph of sec. 11.
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GPLv3~\S11\P3  makes this clear by defining ``patent
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license,'' for purposes of the subsequent three paragraphs, as ``any express
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agreement or commitment, however denominated, not to enforce a patent
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(such as an express permission to practice a patent or covenant not to
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sue for patent infringement)''
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% FIXME-LATER: I want to ask Fontana about this before adding it.
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% The definition does not include patent licenses that arise by
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% implication or operation of law, because the third through fifth paragraphs
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% of section 11 are specifically concerned with explicit promises that purport
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% to be legally enforceable.
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The definition does not include patent licenses that arise by
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implication or operation of law, because the third through fifth paragraphs
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of section 11 are specifically concerned with explicit promises that purport
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to be legally enforceable. The final paragraph of section 11 explicitly
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preserves the availability of patent licenses arising by implication or
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operation of law.
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GPLv3~\S11\P5 is commonly called GPLv3's downstream shielding provision.  It
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responds particularly to the problem of exclusive deals between patent
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holders and distributors, which threaten to distort the free software
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distribution system in a manner adverse to developers and users.  The
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fundamental idea is to make a trade-off between assuring a patent license for
Richard Fontana (fontana)
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Stephen Compall (S11001001)
2 years and 4 months ago on pull request "Address the fontana fixme in gpl-lgpl.tex"
Looks good to me.
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