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: interesting...
by ubit on Fri 8th Jun 2007 18:24 UTC in reply to "interesting..."
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NTFS is a trade secret, not a patent.

I don't know everything about WMV, but yes it's legal if you pay the licensing fees from software patent holders as Fluendo has done, or if you're in a country that doesn't legislate software patents; since people use ffmpeg now, it's not even a copyright issue. Why wouldn't LG just do that instead if that's the issue?

Edited 2007-06-08 18:27

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