Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Mar 2013 23:16 UTC
Google This. This is what we need. These are the kind of steps from which we all benefit. Google has just announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge: the company promises not to sue any users, distributors, or developers of open source products based on the patents it owns (unless first attacked).
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RE[3]: Bad guys - Google
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 29th Mar 2013 10:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Bad guys - Google"
Thom_Holwerda
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Just to charge a fair price, or limit the free use at least


No. That blocks progress. Stuff always become cheaper as time goes by -especially in the technology industry. It's a core aspect of this industry. If Google doesn't do it, someone else will. It's how this business works. Virtually every piece of software has a free counterpart - some better, some worse. This is a risk that you should be aware of if you work in this industry, and you should have accounted for it.

Imagine if Netscape had forced its competitors to never release a free browser. We'd all be fucked.

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