[llvm-dev] RFC: Improving license & patent issues in the LLVM community

Chris Lattner via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Mon Oct 19 13:00:16 PDT 2015

> On Oct 19, 2015, at 12:59 PM, Chris Lattner via llvm-dev <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:
>> On Oct 19, 2015, at 10:44 AM, C Bergström via llvm-dev <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:
>> I really really do not like armchair lawyer discussions and this is
>> just flamebait if I've ever seen it...
>> ---------------
>> #1 Is the submarine patent risk really that bad? (What's driving this)
> It is a non-issue until it is a major issue.  As I tried to explain in the writeup, at best, “submarine patents” are at best a tertiary issue.  The other two issues are driving issues and actively causing a problem.
>> #2 Pragmatically have "you" even considered how to execute on this
>> relicense plan?
> The answer is “yes”, but I’d prefer to keep the focus of this discussion on “what the right thing is” and now “how to roll it out”.

^ and NOT “how to roll it out”.

>  It is clear that it will take a lot of time and be expensive, but if relicensing is the right thing to do, then lets do it.
> -Chris
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