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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Come on...
by chocobanana on Fri 8th Jun 2007 15:40 UTC
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Ok, I've been following this issue and here's a little summary:

- So far, there's already 5 deals with the same terms.
- General assumption is that Microsoft hasn't disclosed the patents on which OSS code infringes.
- General assumption is that this is a FUD campaign.

I haven't commented on this one yet because I wanted to see this go on for a while and I don't want to take any conclusions yet, but I'll speculate a bit this time.

Think a little bit, is there any a chance a giant company like Novell or LG would sign deals like this without knowing what's at stake?

What I think is that all or some of these 235 patents were shown behing closed doors under NDAs etc. etc. or something else, like some kind of colective company conspiracy agreement is being forged against OSS. So it might be in MS interest that we don't know anything about these patents - it's easier to create FUD than digg real proof or tell the truth.

All these deals involve mutual payments between Microsoft and the other company, plus some kind of intelectual property share agreeement, so in the end there might also another mutual benefit here (think access to MS closed source code on one hand, think creation of FUD on the other hand or something else, yes, this strange, I'm also confused).

Both companies on each deal pratically don't loose money, but the big winner may be Microsoft because they just started a huge, deranging and confusing campaign and they won't spend a (million) dollar in courts because in the end they're the ones who decide if there's a litigation case or not.

Edited 2007-06-08 15:43

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