IDEA Status?

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Wed Jun 23 21:04:59 CEST 2010

On 6/23/10 1:12 PM, MFPA wrote:
> I understood that for non-commercial use, IDEA was freely available
> for use and that licences were only needed for commercial use in the
> countries where it is patented.

Sure, but that makes it incompatible with the GPL -- and that
incompatibility puts some severe restrictions on redistribution.  There
are some (arguable) workarounds around it, but by and large it's best to
avoid the entire can of worms.

We don't need IDEA, so why wrestle with the Patent Monster?

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