Subject: Re: License Discussion for the Broad Institute Public License (BIPL)
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 07:56:21 -0400

Zac Bowling scripsit:

> > However, the MIT/X license does use the magic patent verbs, so it is
> > at least an implicit patent grant.
> "magic patent verbs"...
> mystical and more magical then david blaine in a fish bowl.

In full they are "make, use, sell, offer for sale, have made, and import".
They correspond to the copyright verbs, which are "copy, distribute,
publicly perform, publicly display, and make derivative works".

John Cowan
"The exception proves the rule."  Dimbulbs think: "Your counterexample proves
my theory."  Latin students think "'Probat' means 'tests': the exception puts
the rule to the proof."  But legal historians know it means "Evidence for an
exception is evidence of the existence of a rule in cases not excepted from."