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[3]: definition of extortion
by SReilly on Tue 9th Oct 2007 23:29 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: definition of extortion"
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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?

I'd like to agree with you on that one, but patent infringement lawsuits, and subsequent out of court settlements, are an extremely common occurrence in the IT industry. Just check out the settlements MS has agreed on with Sun and Novell. IBM is also well known for patent trolling.

The thing is, MS is doing this because they don't need to provide any proof, at least as far as any pointy haired manager is concerned. All they need to do is plant enough doubt in the minds of purchasing and tech managers to get more customers.

In the end, MS don't want a patent war as they would lose to the likes of IBM, OIN and Oracle. But as long as they don't take it to court, they don't need to prove that what they are saying is true.

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