[Diritto] IBM e GPL

Simo Sorce simo.sorce@tiscalinet.it
23 Dec 2001 02:06:54 +0100

On Sat, 2001-12-22 at 11:13, Davide Barbieri wrote:
> Trovato in una rivista:
> "Santa strikes us as an open source kind of guy and that being so 
> we'd be willing to bet that a certain three-letter company in 
> Armonk, New York is on his naughty list and is going to find coal in 
> its stocking at Christmas.
> A mischievous little elf pointed us at page 135 of a 144-page 
> document entitled "Linux for S/390" and it seems that IBM's added a 
> little "disclaimer" to the GNU.
> "Elements of Linux for S/390 which utilise internal details of the 
> S/390 systems remain the intellectual property and copyright of IBM, 
> notwithstanding the (GNU) licence," it says.
> Gee, the way we heard it, if you add anything to GPL software - like 
> Linux for instance - then the new code is also governed by the GPL.

Non vedo quale sia il problema?
La proprieta' intellettuale e' sicuramente di IBM se IBM ha fatto il
codice ed e' suo il copyright, anche se questo codice e' messo sotto
La GPL non chiede certo di cedere la propria "proprieta' intellettuale".
Ci sono diversi brevetti che coprono anche software GPL, ma fintanto che
questi brevetti non vengono utilizzati per richiedere royalties o porre
restrizioni che contrastano con la GPL non ci sono certo problemi.

> The spelling in the disclaimer has a distinctly European feel to it. 
> Maybe the GPL's different on the other side of the pond.
> We tried to talk to Richard Stallman or anybody at the Free Software 
> Foundation about this, but they must have been at a Christmas party."

/Simo che non intende certo difendere i brevetti o la "proprieta'"

Simo Sorce
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