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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Almost a syllogism
by justin.68 on Fri 8th Jun 2007 18:42 UTC
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Microsoft's new policy seems to have changed. In the past they resorted to theft, today they acquire new ideas through intimidation and extortion. If they can do that disregarding and circumventing the law, I wonder why I shouldn't support the use of pirated MS software and be an overt apologist of such practice. But basically the fact is their software has never been better than free software, so why pay for it?

Again, now that they no longer need to invest in research, because they acquire knowledge for less than a song and get cash on the nail for mysterious patents through threats, why should the consumers give them their money? Because it's ethically just?

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