Google today is "taking a stand on open source and patents," vowing not to sue anyone on specified patents unless first attacked.
The company, which today announced its Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge, said to start with, it has identified 10 patents related to MapReduce, a model for processing large data sets. It has pledged not to sue any user, distributor, or developer of open-source software based on patents related to MapReduce.
Duane Valz, Google senior patent counsel, said in a blog post that Google wants to ensure open source software remains open:
"At Google we believe that … Read more