Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Jun 2007 15:01 UTC, submitted by AdministratorX
Microsoft In its second such agreement this week, Microsoft has struck a deal under which it will extend amnesty to a company that's using what the software maker claims is patented Microsoft intellectual property embedded in the open source Linux computer operating system. Under a deal with LG Electronics, disclosed late Wednesday, Microsoft will forgo any Linux-related patent claims against the South Korean electronics manufacturer. In return, Microsoft will gain access to certain intellectual property produced by LG.
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by monodeldiablo on Fri 8th Jun 2007 15:14 UTC
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I just can't believe this is working. Why would any company capitulate to such a dubious claim? Software is the only world in which it's imaginable that the users of some product could be sued for its content. Am I the only person for whom this seems utterly ridiculous?

On the most fundamental levels, this doesn't make any sense. I'm more than a little unnerved by what this suggests about the incompetence of some of the leaders in the IT world.

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