Internetā ir parādījusies visai neskaidra informācija par Microsoft un Sun noslēgto līgumu, kas paredz abu kompāniju sadarbošanos un abpusēju vienošanos neiesūdzēt vienai otru tiesā par dažādiem ar patentiem saistītiem strīdiem. Teorētiski sanāk, ka Microsoft varētu iesūdzēt tiesā OpenOffice.org lietotājus saistībā ar patentu pārkāpumiem. Kā ir praktiski to zina tikai Microsoft, bet bailēm nav pamata.
So basically, while Microsoft will not sue Sun for any patents for the next 10 years and vice versa (Cross Licensing Agreement). Microsoft can sue anybody, including Sun over Open Office (Sun’s Star Office is protected). This is probably as close as Microsoft can legally get to buying Open Office.
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Te būs neliels izrāvums.
Q4: Can Sun ever take away the code?
The simple answer to this is NO. Once code is released under the LGPL, it can never be taken away. Once LGPL, always LGPL. Sun has no plans to return to a closed development model. But if they did, they still could never take away the code and the community’s contributions to it.
Q5: Is Sun going to stop OOo development?
Now, if they did stop development, OOo would still continue thanks to the contributions from Novell, Red Hat, and the open source community, albeit more slowly.
Q6: So, OOo has no liability coverage now?
Open source code, as well as propietary code, is generally distributed without warranty and liability coverage. No change here.
Q7: Am I at greater risk of litigation now?
No. The agreement does not make it easier for MS to sue you. Sun will not start helping MS sue people.
We don’t know if MS is planning to sue OOo users. We don’t control MS. But the risk is not greater than with any other project.
Q8: Why does the filing not cover OOo?
Sun neither owns nor controls OpenOffice.org. It is natural that a Sun-MS no-sue agreement does not cover that which Sun doesn’t control.
Q9: Does MS hold any patents covering OOo?
In today’s world, it’s hard to sneeze near an abacus without infringing on someone’s patent. Having said that, we are not aware of any patents (whether MS or otherwise) that are infringed by OOo. If such is found, we may be able to work around it, since patents do not cover functionality.
In other words, OpenOffice.org’s situation is not any different from that of any open source project.
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