From: Mark Davis (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Jan 23 2007 - 02:47:51 CST
> facilitate the implementation of, BOCU-1." "Necessary to... the
> implementation of" means you cannot implement BOCU without infringing on
> IBM's patent, unless IBM has granted you a license. IBM is known for
> enforcing their IP patents, either sooner or later. I tried for months
> to obtain a developer-friendly clarification of this restriction --
> something akin to the "freely available" clause in UTR #16
> (UTF-EBCDIC) -- and was utterly unable to do so.
Did you ever actually try to get a licence from IBM? While I too would far
rather have seen BOCU-1 be freely available, the language says "IBM would
like to offer a royalty free license to this patent upon request to
implementers of a fully compliant version of BOCU-1"; if you'd been denied a
license that would be surprising.
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