Intelectual Property and

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There was a known bug in OO.o calc that has apparently been fixed in
upstream. However, it seems like RedHat *decided* that the bug should
be kept broken in redhat releases, based on unclear "Intelectual
Property" claims. It was then set as "closed", but the bug is still

I have little law knowlegde, but I can't imagine how breaking an OPEN
SOURCE software can protect redhat from IP claims, and they don't give
enough information in their replies to explain it. I wonder if anyone
on this list with more experience could take a look at the bugzilla
dicussion and give us some extra light about what they mean.


Gustavo Seabra                 Graduate Student
Chemistry Dept.         Kansas State University
Registered Linux user number 381680
If at first you don't succeed...
                              ...skydiving is not for you.

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