[PD] Percolate

Kyle Klipowicz kyleklip at gmail.com
Wed Mar 7 21:42:30 CET 2007

Isn't it convenient that having a severely convoluted and complicated
system of law ensures the existence of the profession for those whom
practice it?


On 3/7/07, Ivica Ico Bukvic <ico.bukvic at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I'm not a lawyer, but as I understand it, source or binary doesn't
> > matter: As long as you distribute a flext-external, source or binary,
> > you have to distribute it as GPL. This is impossible without violating
> > either the Percolate license or the GPL, because both are
> > incompatible: the Percolate license isn't a free license.
> >
> > > Also, how does this affect Stk+flext, since Stk's license is not GPL
> > > either?
> >
> > The Stk-license is perfectly compatible with the GPL, it's almost a
> > public domain license and doesn't try to restrict use and distributiom
> > in a way, as Percolate's license does. So there are no problems
> > linking flext and stk.
> While I can see your point, one thing that confuses the heck out of me is
> the following excerpt from the STK license:
> "Some of the concepts are covered by various patents, some known to us and
> likely others which are unknown.  Many of the ones known to us are
> administered by the Stanford Office of Technology and Licensing."
> Obviously, I am not a lawyer either, but I thought that GPL was not
> patent-compatible. If someone's source is potentially infringing upon a
> patent, (which I am not claiming that STK is--I am speaking here purely
> hypothetically), my rather limited [mis]understanding of licenses is that
> they do not have the right to grant permissions to others to use patented
> code of a patent that is not theirs...
> This is why I thought that "educational use" ought to do it, but then again,
> what do I know? ;-)
> Best wishes,
> Ico
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