[Accessibility] link to UI Automation Community Promise
michael.meeks at novell.com
Mon Mar 10 04:39:42 PDT 2008
On Mon, 2008-03-10 at 11:43 +0100, Olaf Schmidt wrote:
> The FAQ for the "Community Promise" mentions possible
> incompatibilities with the GPL.
So, these are interesting; stock disclaimer: IANAL etc. etc. However,
ultimately the CP is rather similar to IBM's patent covenant around
> 1. The promise only applies to implementations that fully implement
> the "mandatory provisions".
This is the case: on the other hand, Sun too with it's promise around
ODF does the same thing - apparently using patents to enforce standards
compliance. Personally I loathe any non-defensive use / threat of
patents implicit or explicit, but it appears people think that is
socially acceptable [ Sun's covenant is AFAICS superior in several ways
and is IMHO, best practice ].
> 2. Patents on referenced technologies are excluded
That's normal - as such, it just carves out protection for the specific
domain of the patent.
> 3. Sublicensing seems to be forbidden
AFAIK no sub-licensing is necessary - the covenant applies to everyone:
so, you can't find anyone not convered that would need a sub-license.
> If the "Community Promise" is indeed incompatible with the GPL, then I hope
> the AIA and Novell are willing to work with Microsoft to fix the problems.
I see nothing incompatible in the above personally. OTOH - I see a lot
of marketing coming from the FSF around this issue.
 - http://www-03.ibm.com/linux/opensource/isplist.shtml
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