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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RE: Breaking story...
by sappyvcv on Fri 8th Jun 2007 15:37 UTC in reply to "Breaking story..."
sappyvcv
Member since:
2005-07-06

That's a poor analogy. In this case, Microsoft is not threatening LG, but in fact promising, under contract, to not sue them and also paying them for access to some of their intellectual property.

The way you make it out to be, LG would be paying Microsoft, which is simply not true.

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RE[2]: Breaking story...
by fretinator on Fri 8th Jun 2007 15:42 in reply to "RE: Breaking story..."
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

No, the point of the story is nobody's paying anybody. If any software is exchanged (such as with Novell), it's just incidental. The key is the signed contract and the supposed "protection" being offered.

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RE[3]: Breaking story...
by sappyvcv on Fri 8th Jun 2007 15:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Breaking story..."
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

No, Microsoft is paying LG for access to their intellectual property. That's one of the terms of the agreement. And the "supposed" protection is not supposed. It's protection under law. They are not making LG pay them for this protection.

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RE[2]: Breaking story...
by archiesteel on Fri 8th Jun 2007 16:40 in reply to "RE: Breaking story..."
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Microsoft is not threatening LG, but in fact promising, under contract, to not sue them


It's an implicit threat:

MS: "We won't sue if you accept this contract."
Other company: "And if we don't?"
MS: "Do you really want to find out?"
Other company: "Ok, where do I sign."

This is all part of MS's new FUD offensive against Linux.

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RE[3]: Breaking story...
by sappyvcv on Fri 8th Jun 2007 17:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Breaking story..."
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

You don't know that's how it went down. The fact that there are other parts of the deal (money from MS to LG and intellectual rights) hurt the argument even.

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RE[2]: Breaking story...
by Phloptical on Fri 8th Jun 2007 22:50 in reply to "RE: Breaking story..."
Phloptical Member since:
2006-10-10

Uhh, but it is...actually. Threats...promises...what's the difference, the end result? Microsoft is benefiting, albeit freely, from LG's IP. That would be akin to being paid for items/services they don't own (ie. protection money).

You really need to watch some mob shows to see how this thing is done properly.

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RE[3]: Breaking story...
by sappyvcv on Fri 8th Jun 2007 23:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Breaking story..."
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

Threats and promises are quite different actually. Microsoft is benefiting from LG's IP by PAYING FOR IT.

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