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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RE[2]: Breaking story...
by archiesteel on Fri 8th Jun 2007 16:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Breaking story..."
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Microsoft is not threatening LG, but in fact promising, under contract, to not sue them

It's an implicit threat:

MS: "We won't sue if you accept this contract."
Other company: "And if we don't?"
MS: "Do you really want to find out?"
Other company: "Ok, where do I sign."

This is all part of MS's new FUD offensive against Linux.

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