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Re: [opensuse-project] "Legal" help for FAQ:Novell-MS
  • From: "Paul C. Leopardi" <paul.leopardi@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 9 May 2007 00:40:37 +1000
  • Message-id: <200705090040.37370.paul.leopardi@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Hi all,
I asked on Groklaw not about patents, but about copyrights in relation to 
Microsoft's suggested "Binding Contribution Agreement" for openSUSE 
http://www.microsoft.com/interop/msnovellcollab/community.mspx ;) .

I asserted that "...this provision prohibits sublicensing of Microsoft's GPL 
software. If this provision were to be written into any contract or license, 
it would put Microsoft in direct violation of GPLv2..."
http://www.groklaw.net/comment.php?mode=display&sid=20070329183310903&title=Would%20Microsoft%27s%20suggested%20provision%20in%20the%20%26quot%3BBinding%20contribution%20agreement%26quot%3B%20violate%20GPLv3%3F&type=article&order=&hideanonymous=0&pid=0#c551649

Brett Smith responded:
"I definitely see the potential for trouble that you're pointing towards. 
However, the question of whether or not this is a GPL violation is still 
somewhat theoretical at this point, for a few reasons..."
http://www.groklaw.net/comment.php?mode=display&sid=20070501092619462&title=Would%20Microsoft%27s%20suggested%20provision%20in%20the%20%26quot%3BBinding%20contribution%20agreement%26quot%3B%20violate%20GPLV3%3F&type=article&order=&hideanonymous=0&pid=565245#c565380

On Tue, 8 May 2007, Martin Schlander wrote:
> A couple of people are trying to write yet another MS-N FAQ to try to
> diffuse some of the misunderstandings and FUD, which continue to hurt
> openSUSE. http://en.opensuse.org/FAQ:Novell-MS
>
> One common misunderstanding is that Novell and MS are now friends and
> partners in general, can someone confirm:
>
> 1) That Novell still have litigation againt MS in the US about WordPerfect?
>
> 2) That Novell are active wrt. the current EU case against MS (mentioned
> here: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,267898,00.html)
>
> Any other input that could help would also be appreciated.
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