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TomTom can license FAT without violating the GPL

dp619 (893918) writes | more than 5 years ago

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dp619 (893918) writes "Capped per-unit royalties make FAT licensing agreements permissible under the GPL, and SD Times has found that Microsoft's public license policy caps royalties at $250k. If the royalties are capped — as they seem to be — TomTom should be able to license FAT without violating the GPL. And if that is the case.... TomTom needs some serious explaining to do as to why they aren't licensing FAT. That said, Microsoft still needs to explain why it just cannot say that folks won't violate the GPL if they license FAT under its terms."
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What's to explain? (1)

Timothy Brownawell (627747) | more than 5 years ago | (#27172395)

And if that is the case.... TomTom needs some serious explaining to do as to why they aren't licensing FAT.

Um, because it's a bad patent (neither nonobvious nor tied to something physical), and is being abused to essentially implement a "compatibility tax"?

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