[Consortium] Linuxaudio.org Management Board

Jan Depner eviltwin69 at cableone.net
Wed Feb 18 17:38:14 EST 2004

	I agree that many organizations can't/won't sign up to that
restriction.  I would think that we're probably only talking about
copyright infringement (including GPL issues), and patent infringement. 
Copyright infringement shouldn't be an issue for a company using
proprietary code since we won't be seeing it anyway so we won't be
copying it.  GPLed code could be used by a company that doesn't disclose
the source but, again, how would we know?  The only real problem I can
see arising would be submarine patents.  Those of us developing Open
Source code probably won't be filing patents ;-)  Are these the only
issues or am I missing something?


On Wed, 2004-02-18 at 10:36, jaromil wrote:
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> On Wed, Feb 18, 2004 at 05:23:41PM +0100, Andreas Kuckartz wrote:
> > > "Members of the Linuxaudio.org consortium agree not to sue other
> > > members, or otherwise instigate prosecutions of members, following a
> > > dispute over reverse engineering."
> > 
> > Two comments as input for your discussion:
> > 
> > 1. Currently nothing prevents a member to leave the consortium to be
> > able sue a (former) member. If a significant amount of money is
> > involved this could happen. In practice this clause therefore does not
> > seem to have a binding effect.
> > 
> > 2. It is very unlikely that any company lawyer (that is: big
> > companies) would agree to such a condition.
> yes ok, but if we cannot even agree to not sue each other, why to be
> part of a consortium anyway? :))
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