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Please reconsider restrictions in PATENTS (Additional Grant of Patent Rights Version 2) #8952
I work for a bigger software company and our legal department has advised me to avoid using Facebook's
According to our legal department, the issue is that if our company initiated a patent claim or lawsuit against Facebook, then our license and right to use the framework would automatically terminate. This would apply if our company sued for any Facebook patent infringement (it’s not limited to the framework). Thus using react-native in any of our products would expose our company to risks we don't feel comfortable taking.
Thank you for reconsidering the second paragraph of Facebook's Additional Grant of Patent Rights Version 2 in react-native's PATENTS file.
I would love to move forward and recommend choosing
Airbnb, Apple, Netflix, Twitter, and Walmart are some examples of big companies that are OK with the license. Some of them use only React and not RN so the patents may be different but the license is the same. Last I heard at ReactConf, the licensing terms had been reworked so the wording was acceptable to Google's legal team.
N.B. I don't work at Facebook nor am I a lawyer, just telling you public info I know.
@RemeJuan: See, I am not a lawyer either, just a dev like @ide. Now, hypothetically: what if Facebook really did commit patent infringement against the company I work for? Shouldn't my company have the right to bring this case to court without having to pull all apps from the store that use react-native? My company doesn't really want to sue anybody unless it has to. From what I understand it is very important that we have the freedom to do so without disrupting our ongoing business.
@ide A lot of threads I found were referring to version 1 and version 2 is indeed an improvement. But I am not sure whether for example Google now permits the usage of Facebook open source code.
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