The Samba-Bugzilla – Bug 1471
Mention of patent issues in rsync docs
Last modified: 2004-08-03 11:54:09 UTC
It might be worthwhile mentioning the issue of software patents. I have spoken
to Ross Williams, author of the Blocklets Algorithm (http://blocklets.com) and
CEO of Rocksoft (http://rocksoft.com) and he does not believe that rsync
infringes. I have suggested to Rocksoft and now to rsync.samba.org that some
statement relating to software patents (and perhaps functionality) might be in
order to avoid confusion.
I am not suggesting that the rsync team make any statements of warranty
concerning possible infringment, but a summary of the issues and why there
probably isn't a problem might be helpful.
I have made a similar suggestion to the principle maintainer of Unison, see
I believe that programmers should not delve into patent issues in order to avoid
becoming tainted. As long as no one is accusing rsync of infringing its
patent(s) then I see no reason to even mention the subject.