Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 20:41 UTC, submitted by WillM
Novell and Ximian Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores is contracting with Microsoft and Novell - Microsoft's preferred Linux partner - to build out the company's Web operations, according to a Wal-Mart executive. On Tuesday, Microsoft and Novell are expected to announce that Wal-Mart is the latest customer to purchase both Microsoft software and support certificates for Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server.
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RE[6]: Patent vs. copyright
by glarepate on Wed 24th Jan 2007 18:58 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: ..."
glarepate
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2006-01-04

IANAL, but there is a lot of confusion on IP and liability:

End users are not liable for the distributor's copyright infringements. (Die SCO, die!)

Patent holders CAN sue end users for using patented technology. That is why Microsoft paid to defend SQL server users and admins who created new queries that violated the patent holder's rights. That is what indemnification is about.

In practice end users are normally not sued by patent holders because there is no money in it. They normally go after the distributor or any institutional-sized end users.

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