Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Mar 2011 22:52 UTC, submitted by ephracis
Legal Since competing on merit is looked down upon in the computer and software world, companies in this business usually go for the blindfolded chick with the scale and sword. Up until recently, Microsoft didn't go for the whole patent litigation thing, but now that they've tasted some, they want more. They just sued Barnes & Noble, Foxconn, and Inventec for patent infringement because they use Android.
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Patent Infringement
by tomcat on Mon 21st Mar 2011 23:26 UTC
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If Android infringes on its patents, I'm afraid that Microsoft is well within its rights to sue anybody that infringes, including the Android licensees.

Unless you're willing to actually do something about the state of patent law -- e.g. create a Political Action Committee to get US Congress's attention -- it doesn't do anyone any good to complain about people exercising their legal rights. It's like complaining about gravity. Or the price of oil.

Put another way, if you believe that GPL licensors have the right to enforce their license agreements through the courts -- and I'm fairly certain that most of you do -- then you are on Microsoft's side here. Without actually realizing it.

Edited 2011-03-21 23:29 UTC

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