[coreboot] Funny Intel observation

Florentin Demetrescu echelon at free.fr
Fri Jun 19 14:26:31 CEST 2009

Also if someone with legal background can answer, I would like to put another
question (maybe very obvious to some of you, but I send it anyway.. :-)) :
 - what is the status of "reverse engineering" in USA/EU nowadays? More
specifically, in the context of the project coreboot, can we use information
obtained reversing proprietary bioses/drivers (or even hardware.. :o)) safely or
we risk unleashing hordes of IP lawyers on us?..


PS: I know that this is shamelessly practiced in the (big) corporate world, but
we (as "underdogs"..) can we dare?..

Quoting Joseph Smith <joe at settoplinux.org>:

> On Fri, 19 Jun 2009 10:24:51 +0200, Florentin Demetrescu <echelon at free.fr>
> wrote:
> >  Beware..
> >  Question : if we (open source users/developpers) are using some
> > information
> > obtained from patents (not the complete patent but just some information
> > as is
> > the case here..), are we exposing to lawsuits of "patent infringement" if
> > the
> > patent holder is not open source friendly?
> >  Just my 2 euro-cents..
> I don't thinks so, patent claims are public information. No one had to sign
> a NDA. It is not software and does not have copyrighted code it just
> explains how a harware process works. As long as we are NOT claiming to
> have invented the hardware process, that there is a patent on, it is ok.
> Anyone with a legal back ground want to touch this?
> --
> Thanks,
> Joseph Smith
> Set-Top-Linux
> www.settoplinux.org
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