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Re: [libredwg] ODA Open Design Specification for .dwg files updated

From: Felipe Castro
Subject: Re: [libredwg] ODA Open Design Specification for .dwg files updated
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 16:53:26 -0300

That's ok, I understand. The point is that, open source projects
aren't prone to be sued, because there's no money, but big companies
yes. That's the reason I don't mind so much, GPL almost automatically
keep the "patent predators" away... :-)

2011/7/23 Frank Warmerdam <address@hidden>:
> On Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 11:02 AM, Duncan Lithgow
> <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Den 03/07/2011 18.29 skrev "Felipe Castro" <address@hidden>:
>> I wouldn't mind. What is the problem to use an idea? Is it under some
>> patent, anyway?
>> If they failed to keep their "secrets", they... failed.
> Felipe,
> I disagree.  If you manage to find a confidential document on the
> web and build based on the information in it, you put the project
> in a kind of jeopardy where folks won't feel safe using it for fear
> of getting sued in the future.
>> If someone from ODA comes here and contributes, would someone argue
>> about from where comes his knowledge?
> I believe real GNU projects require signed contribution agreements from all
> contributors.  I'm not sure if this applies to this project, but without out 
> it
> you do run the risk of some sorts of contributions poisoning the well.  So,
> I would argue that yes, if someone from ODA wants to contribute it would
> be wise of the project to get a commitment that they have the right to
> contribute their changes, and that it is offered under the project
> license.
> Failure to be cautious about matters such as these can limit the
> reusability of the project.  I don't know if that matters to you, but
> it is of concern to me.
> Best regards,
> --
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