Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Jun 2007 15:01 UTC, submitted by AdministratorX
Microsoft In its second such agreement this week, Microsoft has struck a deal under which it will extend amnesty to a company that's using what the software maker claims is patented Microsoft intellectual property embedded in the open source Linux computer operating system. Under a deal with LG Electronics, disclosed late Wednesday, Microsoft will forgo any Linux-related patent claims against the South Korean electronics manufacturer. In return, Microsoft will gain access to certain intellectual property produced by LG.
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Scare tactics
by Laurence on Fri 8th Jun 2007 15:09 UTC
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

....and all this achieved without MS actually announcing what patents they own.

It's disgusting behaviour

Edited 2007-06-08 15:12

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RE: Scare tactics
by orfanum on Fri 8th Jun 2007 16:29 in reply to "Scare tactics"
orfanum Member since:
2006-06-02

Maybe they do not 'announce' but show and tell individual companies under non-disclosure agreements?

In any case, my Korean patriotism has just taken quite a bashing...

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RE[2]: Scare tactics
by jayson.knight on Fri 8th Jun 2007 16:59 in reply to "RE: Scare tactics"
jayson.knight Member since:
2005-07-06

"Maybe they do not 'announce' but show and tell individual companies under non-disclosure agreements?"

That's exactly what they are doing, and is what they said they would do from the beginning. Announcing to the general public wouldn't do much good from their perspective now would it?

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RE: Scare tactics
by StephenBeDoper on Fri 8th Jun 2007 20:07 in reply to "Scare tactics"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

I'll admit to being pretty cynical about Microsoft-bashing these days, especially as most of it seems to be stuff that was already trite ten years on Usenet.

But I agree, this is pretty damn sketchy. The characterization someone made the Xandros comments was pretty spot-on: "That's a real nice business you got there, something bad could happen to it - so give us money and we'll protect you and your customers."

Hell, I'm starting to believe the conspiracy theories about the SCO nonsense being a "dry-run" for this sort thing. Almost has a feel of "Oh damn, the current government's not going to be around much longer - we better do this stuff now, on the off chance that the next bunch won't let us get away with it."

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RE: Scare tactics
by knightrider on Sun 10th Jun 2007 22:43 in reply to "Scare tactics"
knightrider Member since:
2006-12-11

You are so right. I can't believe LG fell for that without putting up a fight. Someone needs to tell MS to put up or shut up.

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