React is going MIT


Wow. Didn’t they say just a couple of days ago that they’ll keep the patent stuff in? Obviously, the outrage was bigger than Facebook could handle. Very good news, indeed. Thanks for sharing.

One step forward, two steps back.

Why is it two steps back?

There’s no patent grant.

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And does other MIT libraries issue patent grants? And is there even a react patent?

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shout out to all the guys who avoided react for no reason lol

Wow! That’s a great news :smile:

Shout out to everyone who avoided React, without whom React would never have an MIT license.


Here’s my article answering your questions. Sort of. :slight_smile:

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Do you have actual evidence, or is it just your feeling?

Thanks for sharing @LawJolla, great articles by the way!

I read the article several times but honestly I still struggle to understand how React now is any different than other MIT licensed OSS software?

And frankly I really don’t understand how GraphQL or React can even be patented, the first is specs which is to be adopted by the industry, and the later is an implementation of a very well know and old concepts in web development, but I’m not a lawyer, so I’ll get back to my code :slight_smile:

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Why the FUD and negative speculations now. React has greatly benefited the community, it has a very vibrant ecosystem and it’s bigger than FB. Many people contributed toward enriching that ecosystem, and it’s a loss for the community if the adoption declines for non-technical reasons.

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This guy is a lawyer

Yeah but I think it’s written by @LawJolla, no?

Um, yep! :blush: Looks like it is!


I don’t get it, now it becomes MIT and this is still bad because there is no patent grant?

What does that imply to me? There is so much MIT licensed libraries and software out there, why should MIT license be such a problem with react then?

Can somebody explain that to a non-native speaker?


@lawjolla: Thanks for your great articles, they were quite funny and very informative.


Good question. I edited the article to hopefully clear that up. The answer is it’s not. You’re right. It’s more a practical issue.

Take MDG and MIT licensed Apollo-Client. First, we can quickly look over MDG’s patent portfolio to see that they didn’t patent Apollo. You cannot do the same with Facebook’s sea of complex patents. Moreover, MDG didn’t grant a patent license suggesting patents exist. Facebook did.

I went over two of GraphQL’s patents here. You can look them over for a feeling of how and what happens.

Hopefully this helped!

Tagged you into this one because I think my comments above should help answer your questions.

It’s me. I’m a huge Meteor and Apollo fan, so I’m on here too. :slight_smile: