Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Apr 2010 18:32 UTC
IBM And thus our true colours reveal. IBM made a patent pledge in 2005, promising not to sue open source projects over a list of 500 patents the computer giant holds. Today, however, IBM has threatened to sue TurboHercules, a French open source software house which provides support for the Hercules open source s390 mainframe emulator. Some of the patents in question are on the 500 list.
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RE: Captain Obvious strikes again
by bile on Tue 6th Apr 2010 19:50 UTC in reply to "Captain Obvious strikes again"
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If there's one thing that's in short supply in the corporate world, it's integrity. These companies are NOT to be trusted.

No entity with a coercively held monopoly should be trusted. The problem is patents, not software patents. The fundimental problem is government enforcement of arbitrary monopoly privileges not these companies. The companies are playing within the set of rules provided for them. Limit competition and this is what you get. There simply aren't the checks and balances (ie competition) to keep them in line.

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