Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 18th Feb 2007 21:00 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Microsoft The same week that Microsoft issued a press release providing further details about some of the technological advances that will result from the November 2006 technology agreement between Novell and Microsoft, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told Wall Street what he really thinks the deal means to Microsoft. During a forecast update meeting for financial analysts and shareholders on February 15, Ballmer reiterated that, to him, the deal is more about Microsoft exerting intellectual property pressure on Novell than anything else.
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RE: Lets see it
by rjamorim on Sun 18th Feb 2007 21:43 UTC in reply to "Lets see it"
rjamorim
Member since:
2005-12-05

SCO was unable to produce any patent infringing code, so now lets see if MS can.

The SCO case was not about patent infringement, it was about copyright infringement.

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RE[2]: Lets see it
by Gone fishing on Sun 18th Feb 2007 21:53 in reply to "RE: Lets see it"
Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

True and I don't think the rest of the world will fall for MS patents, as it amounts to little more, than a lets all pay Microsoft tax. Possibly the sooner MS brings on some patent claims in the US the sooner the rest of the world will say no, maybe Ballmer knows this and figures FUD is less risky

Edited 2007-02-18 21:54

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RE[2]: Lets see it
by Phloptical on Sun 18th Feb 2007 23:33 in reply to "RE: Lets see it"
Phloptical Member since:
2006-10-10

Patent....copyright, you say tomato....whatever. Same BS, same thing.

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RE[3]: Lets see it
by jaylaa on Mon 19th Feb 2007 00:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Lets see it"
jaylaa Member since:
2006-01-17

Patent....copyright, you say tomato....whatever. Same BS, same thing.

Not quite. If you write some code that automatically generates Top 40 pop-hits and copyright it, I can do the same thing, as long as I write my own code and don't plagiarize yours. But if you patent the idea, then no one else is allowed to implement it, regardless of how they do it, or the code they use.

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RE[3]: Lets see it
by chekr on Mon 19th Feb 2007 03:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Lets see it"
chekr Member since:
2005-11-05

Wow...what a remarkable display of ignorance!

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RE[2]: Lets see it
by Windows Sucks on Sun 18th Feb 2007 23:38 in reply to "RE: Lets see it"
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

"The SCO case was not about patent infringement, it was about copyright infringement."

Not true, the first charge filed by SCO was that hat IBM had, without authorization, contributed SCO's intellectual property to the codebase of the open source, Unix-like Linux operating system.

Then when they found that they prob would not find any offending code and that the code they did show was already in the public domain the charge changed to breach of contract.

SCO's lawsuit has been consistent only in its claim of breach of contract (since the abandonment in early 2004 of its claim of misappropriation of trade secrets). SCO's initial claims were:

Misappropriation of trade secrets
Unfair competition
Interference with contract
Breach of IBM Software Agreement

On July 22, 2003, SCO amended its complaint. It added two new claims:

Breach of IBM Sublicensing Agreement
Breach of Sequent Software Agreement

On February 27, 2004 SCO amended the complaint again. It dropped the trade secrets claim, but added the following claims:

Breach of Sequent Sublicensing Agreement
Copyright infringement
Interference with contract
Interference with business relationships

(Source: Wikipedia and Groklaw)

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RE[2]: Lets see it
by DrillSgt on Mon 19th Feb 2007 01:41 in reply to "RE: Lets see it"
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"The SCO case was not about patent infringement, it was about copyright infringement."

Valid point. I confuse the 2 at times when it comes to written code.

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