[Haskell-cafe] Software patents covered in GHC?

austin seipp as at hacks.yi.org
Mon Jun 20 19:21:14 CEST 2011

*sigh* CC'ing to the rest of haskell-cafe for completeness. I need to
change 'reply all' to a default in my email I guess.

On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 12:19 PM, austin seipp <as at hacks.yi.org> wrote:
> Hello,
> Realistically, there probably is. Considering everything down to
> linked lists are patented by the USPO, I'd be willing to bet (at least
> a dollar or two) that there are many patents out there that apply to
> the code used in GHC. I don't know if you could say anything different
> about *any* nontrivial software, to be quite honest.
> IANAL however, so I won't attempt to claim in what countries these
> patents apply, nor could I cite you patent numbers (legalese being
> terse and software patents so seemingly open to interpretation
> sometimes, it would be hard to narrow down anyway I think.)
> On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 12:10 PM, Shakthi Kannan <shakthimaan at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I would like to know if there are any software algorithms used in the
>> Glasgow Haskell Compiler that have been patented? If yes, in which
>> countries do they apply?
>> Just curious to know.
>> SK
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> Regards,
> Austin


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