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How could using code released under CC0 infringe on the author's patents?
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Suppose that I patent an algorithm, X. Then I develop and release an implementation of that algorithm, Y. I release Y with an open source license, granting permission for others to use and distribute ...

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What's the difference between Copyright and Licensing?
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A notable exception to your "every contributor retains copyright in their own contributions": Many large projects use a Contributor License Agreement that specifies that copyright for contributed ...

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Why is open source software often shared via distributions?
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Linux distributions use package management tools to handle what you describe. It is very difficult to manage the legal hurdles involved in packaging and redistributing software that is not free, or is ...

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