Thanks for her background. Sounds like CIA front type stuff, though I’m not prepared to wave a finger on that score.
The main outness is that in the interview itself, she refused to get the underlying point that the purpose of a GPL3 license is to ensure that another patent can’t be made and used to shut of the free usage of the technology. Perhaps David could have stated it more definitively, but he did fantastically in the face of the confusion the others put forward.
She kept using the “How can we trust Maidsafe to not enforce the patent” card. This is where I think David could have been more explicit. As I understand it, the Maidsafe Foundation can’t sue to get anyone to stop using the patented/licensed material. The only suit it could reasonably bring would be to force someone to open their code if they forked or modified, and closed their modifications in violation of the license.
It shouldn’t have been that hard to get the point across, which David continually tried to do. Neither the interviewer or Susanne had actually done any real homework in order to understand the issue, but rather waffled around with opinions out of context.
@dirvine, my only advice is that, in the future, to start out with a clear definition of what the restrictions of the types of patents and licenses in question are, as well as why Maidsafe uses them. Then, when they stray, you can just keep bringing them back to the base parameters by repeating the definitions and perhaps giving examples.
Your effort was patient and really made some wonderful points. My only criticism would be that you focused on the latter (why Maidsafe uses patents, etc.) rather than clarifying the type of licenses, and what Maidsafe CAN’T do with them.
She couldn’t get over the idea that because you’d filed for licenses and patents, that would suddenly give you the power to do nasty stuff–if you wanted to at a some time. Personally, I really doubt that she is that ignorant, but whether she is or not, her approach plays to the general misconception that if you’ve got any type of patent/license scheme, you’re up to no good.