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An '''improvement''', in [[patent]] law, is something that qualifies for a patent of its own.  [[Required reintegration]] clauses in a [[software license]] (or presumably other types of [[license]] as well such as the [[GFDL]]) keep one unified "best version" licensed under the same terms as the original patent or copyrighted document.
 
An '''improvement''', in [[patent]] law, is something that qualifies for a patent of its own.  [[Required reintegration]] clauses in a [[software license]] (or presumably other types of [[license]] as well such as the [[GFDL]]) keep one unified "best version" licensed under the same terms as the original patent or copyrighted document.
  
The [[Consumerium License]] will have to specify how any [[improvement]] that is generated in the [[R&D wiki]] or [[opinion wiki]] or [[Consumerium maintenance]] etc. is to be documented, published, owned and integrated.  To ignore this issue, as [[open source]] tries to do, is really quite a disaster and opens the door to a [[self-interested fork problem]] as various players and [[faction]]s all define their own "better versions" and patent them to prevent "the enemy" from using them.  This in turn generates [[politics as usual]], which can be reduced somewhat by being clear about improvements from day one.  Many [[threats]] and [[worst cases]] focus on this issue and how a [[fork]] can generate both improvements and cause a [[bad copy problem]].
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The [[Consumerium License]] will have to specify how any [[improvement]] that is generated in the [[R&D wiki]] or [[opinion wiki]] or [[Consumerium maintenance]] etc. is to be documented, published, owned and integrated.  To ignore this issue, as [[open source]] tries to do, is really quite a disaster and opens the door to a [[self-interested fork problem]] as various players and [[faction]]s all define their own "better versions" and patent them to prevent "the enemy" from using them.  This in turn generates [[politics as usual]], which can be reduced somewhat by being clear about improvements from day one.  Many [[threats]] and [[worst cases]] focus on this issue and how a [[fork]] can generate both improvements and exacerbate a [[bad copy problem]].

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