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 fretinator on Fri 8th Jun 2007 15:21 UTC
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A scene at the local Linux Software Store:

Microsoft: So, we're not planning on goin' after anybody for patents, ya see. We're just here to ...uh... make sure nothing bad happens to you. AFter all, we're all like family here, ya see?

Vendor: [Smiles nervously] Yes, family. Um, what are you asking of me?

Microsoft: Well, my boys have written up a little deal here that says we won't come after you for any of dat Patent business, ya see. You just sign here that you agree, and everybody's happy. You're safe. Everybody's safe. Capice?

Vendor: Yessir, but, um, what is it I am doing that I need protection from? Have I done something wrong?

Microsoft: [Bangs the counter with fist] Wrong. Right. Everybody's wrong, everybody's right. All I'm saying is there's a little trouble brewing around this here patent stuff, and you wouldn't wanna be on the wrong side, you know. As I said, we're on your side. Let's just write it down, OK? [Menacing glare]

Vendor: OK, family. I get it. Do you want some of my software? I have very good software.

Microsoft: Sure, sure. Send me a present. I like presents. I have some for you, too. See, now we're friends. [pats Vendor on the cheek]

Vendor: [Signs document]. Friend, come back soon. [Eyes look down]

Microsoft: Sure, sure. I'll check back now and then to make sure you're doing OK. And ... tell you're friends!

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