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Explaining React's license | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code | Facebook
A lawyer at Facebook explains their BSD + Patents Clause license. This is after the Apache Software Foundation ruled that it was incompatible with the Apache License.
As our business has become successful, we've become a larger target for meritless patent litigation. This type of litigation can be extremely costly in terms of both resources and attention. It would have been easy for us to stop contributing to open source, or to do what some other large companies do and only release software that isn't used in our most successful products, but we decided to take a different approach. We decided to add a clear patent grant when we release software under the 3-clause BSD license, creating what has come to be known as the BSD + Patents license. The patent grant says that if you're going to use the software we've released under it, you lose the patent license from us if you sue us for patent infringement. We believe that if this license were widely adopted, it could actually reduce meritless litigation for all adopters, and we want to work with others to explore this possibility.
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2 days ago by jefframnani
Photographer settles 'monkey selfie' legal fight - BBC News
"Peta's appeal on the "monkey's behalf" was dismissed but Mr Slater has agreed to donate 25% of any future revenue."
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2 days ago by ssam
The Case for Copying
Great episode of PBS's The Art Assignment, on art, originality, and remix.
art  remix  mashup  pbs  copyright 
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