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Re: [hylafax-users] Problem on the Patent Front

Lee Howard wrote:

Steve Underwood wrote:

Hylafax has no problems with these patents. It is how you might use HylaFAX, rather than HylaFAX itself which count put you in a position of infringement.

Are you sure about this?

While it's true that the Supreme Court recently ruled against Grokster because Grokster had taken affirmative steps to foster infringement. As HylaFAX solicits fax-to-email capability, as the code makes doing so trivial in configuration, and as the community discusses it frequently, I'm not sure that there's a clear "safe zone" in which HylaFAX resides.

Whether or not the patents are anything less silly than patenting frozen juice bars is questionable, yet nonetheless the patents do exist, and that gives the holder every right to sue whomever they may see infringing upon their Congress-approved monopoly on the so-called invention.

I see where you are coming from (i.e. the doctor specialising in paranoia :-) ), however that case involved copyright infringement. Patents have a more solid basis than copyright for what is and is not allowed. However, the US courts seems to be making law up as they go along these days, so who knows. The snag is with a really paranoid attitude you never do anything wrong by simply never doing anything at all. :-\


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