Two law professors from UC Berkeley have come up with a novel idea to protect open source developers from patent bullies. They call it the Defensive Patent License. They hope the DPL can address the objections FOSS developers have with patents the way the GPL addressed them for copyright.

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Created by stargrave 7 years 15 weeks ago
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7 years 15 weeks 20 hours 18 min ago


Does this mean...

That software would have to be licensed under the DPL as well? Or would it only apply to patents, such as those in the OIN? How would this work exactly?

Overall, it's an interesting concept, but I don't fully understand how it would be implemented.