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[engadget] Google pledges not to sue open-source devs and users

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Today, we’re taking another step towards that goal by announcing the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge: we pledge not to sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software on specified patents, unless first attacked
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post #2 of 39
Either good PR, or a hidden threat tongue.gif

but good for them smile.gif
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Most of us assumed this to be true, but its nice to see them state it publicly.

Yes, I own Apple products, but I love Google.
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post #4 of 39
To be honest, probably both. Leave us alone, we'll leave you alone, but the implied threat being we have a lot of money for good lawyers.
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post #5 of 39
So pretty much they're saying "Feel free to use any of our open source patents however you like, just don't go and try and sue us claiming you had it first"

Seems fair enough.
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post #6 of 39
A "pledge" is as good as... nothing.
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Just imagine all the Apple Lawyers that would starve if "King Fruit" stopped it's practices...
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Originally Posted by whtchocla7e View Post

A "pledge" is as good as... nothing.

Not true, a pledge - while not legally binding - is tied to how the public perceives the company.
If they were to go back on their word, it would generate backlash and it would be a PR nightmare.
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A Dev will find a way to piss them off. I am sure of it. biggrin.gif
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A Dev will find a way to piss them off. I am sure of it. biggrin.gif

I would love to quote a line from a nofx song I like, but I keep getting messages from mods for my "language"

I agree though. Someone is gonna piss them off somehow
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