"neither vendor appears to hold a patent for the kitchen sink"
That's because it's already been patented:
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"By downloading ExtTLD from this website, you agree to the following terms and conditions."
Which suggests the additional terms only apply to whoever downloads the code from that site- they're the copyright holders so they're allowed to do this. However, since the actual code is LGPL once it's been given to someone they're free to distribute it without the additional restrictions.
"It should quite clearly be protected under the current Act. However, inadvertently, someone may release it,"
And of course if this bill gets through that would obviously remove any possibility of the information inadvertently getting out. I'm trying desperately not to mention David Kelly.
If someone buys an expensive piece of proprietary software management and lawyers will spend ages poring over the contract/license which will be specific to that piece of software, especially if it's going to be sold on as part of a product. So why is it so difficult to read the license on open-source software?
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