Linked by Rahul on Thu 26th Feb 2009 07:59 UTC
Legal As seen in this TechFlash article, Microsoft has launched a patent suit against TomTom, a seller of (Linux-based) navigation devices. "It's believed to be the first time Microsoft has filed a patent suit over Linux, after claiming for years that elements of the open-source operating system violate its patents. However, Microsoft says open-source software is not the intended focal point of the action." The lawsuit focusses on several navigation techniques, and includes a few patents related to Linux. LWN lists the individual patents in question.
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RE: Good for them
by raver31 on Thu 26th Feb 2009 18:46 UTC in reply to "Good for them"
raver31
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2005-07-06

Open source has thought for too long that IP infringment doesn't effect them.
Maybe it's time Open Source started playing by the same rules as everyone else, or better still abolish the crazy software patent system for everyone.


IP infringement and Software Patents are two different things.

IP infringement is take seriously by producers of all software, open source or not, but in most countries software patents are not worth the paper they are written on.

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