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General Development LLVM 2.8 has been released. The release notes describe this new, ehm, release in greater detail, so head on over and give it a read.
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RE[2]: Software Patents ?
by galvanash on Sun 10th Oct 2010 03:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Software Patents ?"
galvanash
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Please stop this nonsense about end-users being sued. End-users can not be sued for patent infringements in products they are using, I can not be sued for patent infringements in my TV, the one who will be sued is the manufacturer of the TV.


Please don't give legal advice when you do not know what the hell you are talking about... End users CAN be (and have been, many times) sued for patent infringements in products they are using. You many feel that is unfair, illogical, stupid, or whatever - but I assure you that is simply the way it is.

If you buy something which does not specifically grant you indemnity by the manufacturer (which legally makes them the target in your stead), you are fair game.

Now, if you want to speak to whether or not you are "likely" to be sued, frankly that has almost nothing to do with your position in the supply chain and everything to do with how deep your pockets are and how likely you are to put up a fight...

And I do mean everything - frankly the target of a lawsuit is generally whoever the lawyers feel they can get to roll over easiest (or has enough money to make it worth while to endure a prolonged fight for a big payoff).

RIAA suits are a perfect example. Its not patent law, but that isn't the point. Do the targets of these lawsuits have money? Generally no - but the lawyers make up for it in volume (sue LOTS of people). And the payoff is strictly in settlements - if no one settled there would be absolutely no incentive for them to do this, and I mean no incentive. By the time a case gets to court they have already spent more money than they would ever likely see out of it... because the defendant is generally broke and can't pay anyway.

My point is this approach can be applied to patents as well. If the situation is just so, and a few lawyers get together and cook up a similar scheme where they think they can squeeze a few thousand people out of a few thousand dollars each in settlements, well if you think you can't be sued you are sorely mistaken...

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