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[2]: Patents are patents
by bassbeast on Wed 6th Jul 2011 13:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Patents are patents"
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Well I'n against the drug laws but I can't walk down the street with a fatty hanging out my mouth and not get hauled to jail, can I?

Let us not forget that unlike certain OTHER companies...cough cough Apple cough...MSFT has been pretty good about offering the same RAND license whether you use Windows or some other OS. For example before TomTom gave them the finger MSFT offered them the exact same price they offered the flash OEMs, no discrimination because they weren't using WinCE and TomTom gave them the finger. Did you rail against them then too, even though FAT was written by MSFT?

Like it or not MSFT owns 10s of 1000s of patents covering just about every stage of OS functionality, similar to how you'd be hard pressed to make a codec that doesn't step on the MPEG-LA patents. Now if you want to give your product away that isn't the job of MSFT or any other corp to support your failed business model, which at looking at the roster of failed FOSS companies, Novell, Sun, Mandriva, etc I would argue you'd be hard pressed to not call the free as in beer model and overall failure.

MSFT paid good money, both in purchasing and in R&D in getting the patents they have and they offer RAND licenses no matter if you use their OS or not. But just as I can't advertise my business using Jimi Hendrix songs just because I don't believe in copyright lengths so too can't handset makers just ignore MSFT's copyrights because some think everything should be free as in beer.

The smart ones will accept having to license as a normal part of doing business (after all they ain't making Droid sets out of the goodness of their hearts) and the dumb? Well lets just say I hope they have a nice chunk of their operating capital set back for lawyers fees.

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