[Bug 1471] New: Mention of patent issues in rsync docs

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Tue Jun 22 05:46:09 GMT 2004


           Summary: Mention of patent issues in rsync docs
           Product: rsync
           Version: 2.6.2
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: core
        AssignedTo: wayned at samba.org
        ReportedBy: rubbish at shearer.org
         QAContact: rsync-qa at samba.org

It might be worthwhile mentioning the issue of software patents. I have spoken
to Ross Williams, author of the Blocklets Algorithm (http://blocklets.com) and
CEO of Rocksoft (http://rocksoft.com) and he does not believe that rsync
infringes. I have suggested to Rocksoft and now to rsync.samba.org that some
statement relating to software patents (and perhaps functionality) might be in
order to avoid confusion.

I am not suggesting that the rsync team make any statements of warranty
concerning possible infringment, but a summary of the issues and why there
probably isn't a problem might be helpful.

I have made a similar suggestion to the principle maintainer of Unison, see

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