Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:14 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Microsoft Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has warned users of Red Hat Linux that they will have to pay Microsoft for its intellectual property. "People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to compensate us," Ballmer said last week at a company event in London discussing online services in the UK.
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RE[2]: definition of extortion
by irbis on Tue 9th Oct 2007 22:51 UTC in reply to "RE: definition of extortion"
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"Zealots would like to believe Microsoft is doing pure extortion, and that they have no legitimate claims to back up their sabre-rattling."

Maybe they have legitimate claims, maybe not, I don't care and that's not the main point here. The point is that they are only throwing empty threats as long as they have no actual facts and proof to show. You know, in theory also Linux companies like IBM, Red Hat (or any others) could as well claim that it is Microsoft that violates thousands of their valuable IP patents, and ask MS to pay them, regardless of those claims being true or false. However, fortunately the IT business as a whole has not sunken to such low levels yet. Maybe some companies will still appreciate good business practices and ethics too instead of only money?

Edited 2007-10-09 23:06

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