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 raid517 on Sat 9th Jun 2007 09:59 UTC
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This is all working out very well for MS. They get access to lots of lovely IP, purely on the insinuation of some unspecified threat concerning patents which no one knows the basis of. Is this really how business works in the US?

In any case it sounds very much like the old days of Sco to me. The only difference being that many companies appear much more ready to capitulate to Microsoft than they ever were to Sco, possibly due to the fact that Microsoft have much better lawyers than Sco did. (Not that that would mean they would win anything in court - but it does seem to be enough to make many companies afraid of them).

What we need is another company (like IBM) with balls who will stand up and say 'So sue me!' Then we will see if there is any basis to Microsoft's claims or not.

Until then all they have is FUD - although, as I said, this does seem to be working out very much in their favour.

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