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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RE[2]: Patent Infringement
by lemur2 on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 00:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Patent Infringement"
lemur2
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" 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.
You are comparing apples and oranges. This case is all about software patents, but GPL license has nothing to do with such. GPL license is purely a copyright license. Ie. you can definitely be against software patents while still supporting copyright law. "

You are absolutely spot on.

This patent lawsuit: Microsoft is suing Barnes & Noble hoping to get some rent money from code that Google wrote, all over some obvious ideas with copious prior art. This is essentially extortion.

GPL license violation lawsuits: Authors of FOSS code are trying simply to get other parties to follow the license terms for that code. Such cases are NOT about code that someone else wrote, and they are not about trying to extract rent from someone else. The FOSS authors are asking only that the code is published, it is their code and publishing it won't hurt the other party.

Chalk and cheese.

Edited 2011-03-22 00:35 UTC

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