H-online: The Red Hat Patent Problem and AMQP
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 25 Mar 2009 13:29
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The disclosure that Red Hat have applied for a patent on what might strike some as an obscure corner of the software ecosystem has caused others to re-evaluate how open and collaborative Red Hat actually are. As the AMQP 1.0 standard entered into its final phase, a 2007 Red Hat patent application, the company now refers to as a "defensive" patent, on an obvious extension of AMQP, was automatically disclosed and caused quite stir. What is AMQP, why is it important, what has Red Hat done to cause a ruckus within the AMQP community, and what does it mean to open source in general. [...] Is it time for Red Hat to come clean, declare their arsenal and return to working with the groups opposed to software patents and with the people involved in creating true open standards that can be used by all, without restrictions?
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