Patentleft license draft

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The purpose of this License is to make a patent "free" in the sense of freedom: to assure everyone the effective freedom to copy and redistribute it, with or without modifying it, either commercially or noncommercially. Secondarily, this License preserves for the creator a way to get credit for their work, while not being considered responsible for modifications made by others.

This License is a kind of "patentleft*", which means that derivative works of the patent must themselves be free in the same sense. It complements the GNU General Public License, which is a copyleft license designed for free software.

To protect your rights, we need to make restrictions that forbid anyone to deny you these rights or to ask you to surrender the rights. These restrictions translate to certain responsibilities for you if you distribute . . . or if you modify it.

For example, if you distribute ______ of such a patent, whether gratis or for a fee, you must give the recipients all the rights that you have. . . . And you must show them these terms so they know their rights.

We protect your rights with two steps: (1) patent the ________, and (2) offer you this license which gives you legal permission to copy, distribute and/or modify the patent.

Also, for each author's protection and ours, we want to make certain that everyone understands that there is no warranty for this free patent. If the design is modified by someone else and passed on, we want its recipients to know that what they have is not the original, so that any problems introduced by others will not reflect on the original authors' reputations.

We wish to avoid the danger that redistributors of a free (program) will individually obtain patent licenses, in effect making the program proprietary. To prevent this, we have made it clear that any patent must be licensed for everyone's free use or not licensed at all.

The precise terms and conditions for copying, distribution and modification follow.

  • new term still needed.