Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jul 2011 22:12 UTC
Microsoft "One of Microsoft's hottest new profit centers is a smartphone platform you've definitely heard of: Android. Google's Linux-based mobile operating system is a favorite target for Microsoft's patent attorneys, who are suing numerous Android vendors and just today announced that another manufacturer has agreed to write checks to Microsoft every time it ships an Android device. Microsoft's latest target is Wistron Corp., which has signed a patent agreement 'that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Wistron's tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome platform', Microsoft announced." That's the reality we live in, folks. This is at least as criminal - if not more so - than Microsoft's monopoly abuse late last century. After the Nortel crap, it's completely left the black helicopter camp for me: Microsoft, Apple, and several others are working together to fight Android the only way they know how: with underhand mafia tactics. Absolutely sickening. Hey Anonymous, are you listening? YES I WENT THERE.
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RE: Patents are patents (patently absurd)
by Lazarus on Wed 6th Jul 2011 07:46 UTC in reply to "Patents are patents"
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So you think legally licencing your patents is more criminal that violating patents?

Is it ok for Google to violate patents just because they're late in the game or because they feel like it?

Does patent violation become more acceptable because Android is open source?

Patents are patents and must be adhered to. Whether you like it or not, Microsoft are playing by the rules and using their IP to their advantage.

My company own quite a few patents for software we've developed, and you can be sure that we'd go after anyone who violated those patents without paying. I bet you'd do exactly the same.

How heroic of you. Prosecute to the fullest extent of the law? Heavy penalties in some countries for messing up one's game of monopoly. Not always just a wrist slap or a year or so of prison.

Slavery was legal at one time too, and you bet there were those who were "playing by the rules and using their (Human) property to their advantage."

That doesn't make it _right_ or okay.

It may seem extreme at first glance, but I do in fact lump 'Imaginary Property' and its enforcement right along with slavery. They both put significant limits on the people subjected to such institutions, place severe penalties on anyone who gets in the way of the status quo, and like slavery, patents are just plain bad for Humanity.

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