@@ -36,6 +36,31 @@ compatible with the next release of this package, nor with
implementations from other vendors.
+Intellectual Property Disclaimer
+------------ -------- ----------
+The implementation in this package is copyright 2010 and 2011, Oracle.
+The code in this package is covered by version 2 of the GNU General
+Public License. See the COPYING file for details. A few parts are
+also covered by the IETF's code license, which is a simplified BSD
+license that is compatible with GPLv2.
+See also IPR disclosure 1362 (http://datatracker.ietf.org/ipr/1362)
+which discloses coverage of the FedFS NSDB architecture by US Patent
+#5,842,214: "Distributed file system providing a unified name space
+with efficient name resolution," filed by Microsoft Corporation on
+September 24, 1997 but never assigned.
+See also IPR disclosure 1634 (http://datatracker.ietf.org/ipr/1634)
+which discloses coverage of technology in this package by US Patent
+#7,933,921: "Referent-controlled location resolution of resources in a
+federated distributed system," filed on November 29, 2006 and assigned
+to NetApp on April 26, 2011. NetApp has publicly stated its intent to
+release the patent via a Royalty-Free, Reasonable and
+Non-discriminatory Licence to All Implementers, via the usual IETF
@@ -44,11 +69,6 @@ This package contains an implementation of the Federated Filesystem
see RFC 5716, or read the fedfs(7) man page provided in the doc/man
-This package is copyright 2010 and 2011, Oracle. It's use is covered
-by version 2 of the GNU General Public License. See the COPYING file
-for details. A few parts are also covered by the IETF's code license,
-which is a simplified BSD license that is compatible with GPLv2.
Packagers and distributors should review this entire README document
to understand what is in this package, it's pre-requisites, and any
security issues related to it.