Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Sep 2011 15:36 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is the biggest one yet. Microsoft's professional extortion campaign - the third side of the same triangle it shares with Apple and Oracle - has finally hit Samsung. The two companies have signed a patent licensing agreement concerning Samsung's use of Android, in which a rumoured fee of $15 (!) per device will flow from Seoul to Redmond. Not entirely coincidentally, that's about the price of a Windows Phone 7 license.
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Thom, are you really that naive?
by ecruz on Fri 30th Sep 2011 20:32 UTC
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I cannot believe that you are really that naive or biased to write things like this.
Do you truly think that Samsung will pay $15 per Android device built without surely knowing that MSFT has the goods on them? Absurd!
These are all big boys. Look how hard Samsung is fighting Apple. If MSFT did not show Samsung the patents in questions and after reviewing them by Samsung legal team, would they just pay out of the love or goodness of their heart toward MSFT?

Of course not. MSFT has the patents and that is why all the big boys are paying MSFT. It is not extortion, except for the likes of all the fans that do not understand business decisions. Samsung, HTC, etc, would do the same thing if they could. Google would also do the same, except they decided to take a chance on Android and pay no one any royalties, and now they find themselves on the spot along with the phone manufacturers that believed that Google was the total owner of Android.
Did you read the internal Google email regarding Android? Did you see that Rubin ( who sold Android to Google) worked at Sun when his superiors were developing some of the patents for Java?
So in your world, Microsoft, Apple, Oracle should just let it go, and forget about it.
Who will innovate if they will not get the rewards of their efforts and creations? Who? You, me? Not everybody is Google, trying to get away with code that do not belong to them, hoping they will not be found out.
Stealing, even software and code, it is still stealing.
Don't ever forget that, in your haste to assign blame for all these IT legal wrangling going on today!

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