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Google doubles down on open-source support, pledges not to sue users, distributors, developers of open-source software over patents

Google won't sue over patents used in open-source software unless attacked first
By: Trace Hagan | Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Mar 28, 2013 7:31 pm

Google has announced that it signed a new pledge, pledging to not sue users, distributors, or developers of open-source software that may violate Google's patents. Google believes in open systems and will only sue if attacked by the group first. This is a big win for open-source developers everywhere.




The pledge is called the Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge (OPN) and promises the following: "we pledge not to sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software on specified patents, unless first attacked."


Of course, Google hopes that other technology giants will follow in Google's footsteps. Twitter, though not mentioned by Google, has a similar patent pledge. Twitter's is actually slightly better as it leaves control of the patents in the inventing engineer's hands.


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