OSDL Patent Commons

oh this sounds so great:

"OSDL CEO Stuart Cohen has written a BusinessWeek column on the GPLv3 process and software patents. "The idea is that a pool of software licenses and software patents (issued and pending) are held in something like a virtual trust for the benefit of both developers and users of open-source software. In general, the vendors who make this pledge are promising not to litigate against people and companies whom they might otherwise sue... We like this idea so much that we're about to take it one step further. We're establishing an OSDL patent commons project that aims to centralize the good works of these vendors, as well as future individuals and organizations who may wish to pledge patents." (from lwn.net)