Subject: Re: For Approval: ECL 2.0
From: Matthew Flaschen <>
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2007 20:40:37 -0400

Christopher D.Coppola wrote:
> These institutions are allowing individual faculty and IT
> staff to contribute to our project, and they are willing to agree that
> any patents these individuals are the inventor of will be licensed, but
> they are concerned that it would not be fair or consistent with that
> policy to license patents created by individuals who have not made a
> decision to contribute to Sakai.

But as Brian pointed out, institution-wide implicit patent licenses are
already common (MIT, Apache, BSD), even if contrary to that policy.  The
only real argument is about whether the implicit license would hold up.

Matt Flaschen