É Natal na IBM

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A IBM decidiu antecipar a época natalícia e começou a dar acesso total e de duração infinita às suas 40 mil patentes.
A empresa acredita que, ao disponibilizar estas patentes a todos, vai permitir a implementação de standards para criar interoperabilidade entre software. Mas este acesso, afirma a empresa, não é para dar direitos sobre determinada tecnologia, mas sim para facilitar a implementação de standards e retirar a burocracia que obrigava os programadores a pedir licenças livres de royalties à IBM.
A Sun já reagiu, num comentário do blog de Bob Sutor, e criticou a forma como a IBM disponibiliza estas patentes e as suas reais intenções.
Nice move, Bob, congratulations.
One question, though. Why did you frame this in terms of “necessary claims”? That leaves a developer wondering if they have done the right things in their code to avoid a patent claim against them. It leaves them (potentially) to research IBM”s patent portfolio in order to get security that the approach they have take is unavoidably necessary. And it leaves them fearful (reasonably or not) of action against them if they decide to partner with a company or project of which IBM does not approve (the same way the police can always find a law you broke if they want to nail you).
When we designed Sun’s equivalent patent pledges, we decided we would not limit the waiver to “essential claims” for just this reason, so that open source developers could implement with confidence. Presumably you decided against this. Can you explain why, please?

{Fonte: Computer World}
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