[OpenAFS-devel] IBM public license code (from OpenAFS) in samba/examples/nss ok?

Chris Green greenc at fnal.gov
Thu Aug 26 16:55:24 GMT 2004


Just a caveat from a (non-lawyer) lurker: the clean room approach may work 
if there are no patents involved (which protect algorithms, unlike 
copyright law). However, a previous poster to openafs-devel mentioned 
that the license covering the AFS code specifically mentions patents: if 
any patents apply to the code you need, I don't think a clean room 
implementation will save you. DEFINITELY get legal advice from lawyers 
knowledgable in IT IP, and I would ping Prof. Moglen and IBM before I went 
anywhere with this.

Good Luck!

Chris Green, MiniBooNE / LANL. Email greenc at fnal.gov
Tel: (630) 840-2167. Fax: (630) 840-3867

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