Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Feb 2012 23:40 UTC
Legal "We learned on January 31 that Barnes & Noble had suffered a major setback in a patent-infringement lawsuit filed against the company by Microsoft. That day, an administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission had tossed out the company's key defense, that Microsoft was engaging in 'patent misuse' as part of a larger scheme to 'kill Android'. Today the full opinion has been made public." Microsoft's protection racket might be legal, but that doesn't make it moral. It's based on software patents, and is thus, by definition, morally reprehensible and sleazy.
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RE: Software patents as usual
by shmerl on Thu 16th Feb 2012 15:13 UTC in reply to "Software patents as usual"
shmerl
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I don't think morality much enters into this

I'd rephrase that - immorality enters into this. The worse the company is, the more it abuses the broken legal system.

It is the actual letter and even intent of the law that is at fault here.

Really? Wasn't the patent's law intent, and even letter directed to supporting new inventions? Where in the law do you find support for protection racket? No point in whitewashing Microsoft or any other patent troll. They can't dismiss their responsibility for acting immorally in this mess.

Edited 2012-02-16 15:16 UTC

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