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Mueller calls OIN a scam

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Florian “Floyd” Mueller of Fosspatents has found a new windmill to tilt at — the Open Invention Network.

“There’s absolutely no evidence it has ever helped any FOSS company” he charges at his blog.

The OIN was founded by major patent holders like IBM, Novell and Red Hat. It’s a patent non-aggression pact around Linux technology which its six founders control and which other companies can join.

“There’s only one benefit for a licensee: OIN licensees can’t use some patents against each other in some context,” he writes. “Unfortunately, the OIN’s six owners decide in a completely intransparent process what is and what isn’t part of that ‘Linux System.’”

Without disagreeing on Mueller’s claims, I must disagree with his interpretation.




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