LEGAL
author Mike Hommey <mh+mozilla@glandium.org>
Wed, 05 Apr 2017 13:48:52 +0900
changeset 402137 7ad4be04d16e0d86508c15c104f9686f2493061a
parent 1 9b2a99adc05e53cd4010de512f50118594756650
permissions -rw-r--r--
Bug 1344038 - Move the gio protocol handler under netwerk/protocol. r=chmanchester,karlt Historically, we had support for some GNOME VFS protocols through the gnomevfs library, and this was under extension. This may not have been built by default when it was introduced, but GNOME upstream moved those things into Gtk itself, and we then got support for the new Gio-based protocol, similar to what we had through the gnomevfs library. Time passes, and we switched off the gnomevfs library entirely, and enabled the Gio-based protocol handlers by default. We then removed everything related to the gnomevfs library. Fast forward to now, and disabling Gio support in Firefox just doesn't make sense, and leaving the gio protocol handler as an extension doesn't make sense either. As it is a protocol handler, its natural place is under netwerk/protocol, which is where we're moving it here. The netwerk/protocol subdirectories being handled automatically, we don't need to add the moved directory in any DIRS variable.

Please be apprised of the following Legal Notices:

A) The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has
ruled that the Netscape Navigator code does not infringe Wang's U.S.
Patent No. 4,751,669 ("the '669 Patent") because: 1) HTML is not
Videotex as defined by the '669 patent; 2) web servers are not central
suppliers; and 3) Navigator does not "connect," as defined by the '669
Patent, to web servers on the Internet. Wang may appeal this decision to
the Federal Circuit. Wang contended that its Patent disclosing a
"Videotex" system, is infringed by the following functionality in the
Netscape Navigator code: 1) the animated logo and status line indicators
--See Claims 1,8 and 9; 2) the "File Save As" function --See Claims
23-27; 3) Bookmarks and Rename Bookmarks in the Properties window --See
Claims 20-22; 4) storing HTML, GIF, and JPEG files and adding filename
extensions --See Claim 38

B) Intermind owns pending U.S. patent applications on communications
systems which employ metadata ("channel objects") to define a control
structure for information transfer. The Netscape code does not infringe
as released; however, modifications which utilize channel objects as
described by Intermind should be considered carefully. The following is
a statement from Intermind: "Intermind's claims fundamentally involve
the use of a control structure to automate communications. ...The
essence of Intermind's top claim is that two devices sender and receiver
have persistent storage, communicate over a network, and exchange a
control structure including metadata which describes: 1) what
information is to be updated, 2) when to update this information, and 3)
how to transfer the updated information. In addition, at least the
receiving device must be able to process the metadata in order to
perform the update determination and transfer. Any digital
communications system which incorporates all of these elements will be
covered by Intermind's patents." See Intermind.com.

C) Stac, Inc., and its licensing agent Hi/fn, own several patents which
disclose data compression methods implementing an LZS compression
algorithm, including U.S. Patent Nos. 4,701,745 and 5,016, 009 ("the
Stac Patents"). The Netscape Communicator code does not perform
compression. If you modify the Netscape source code to perform
compression, please take notice of the Stac Patents.

D) Netscape Communications Corporation ("Netscape") does not guarantee
that any source code or executable code available from the mozilla.org
domain is Year 2000 compliant.