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[4]: Breaking story...
by fretinator on Fri 8th Jun 2007 16:00 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Breaking story..."
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Again, the point of what I am saying is _YES_ there may be an exchange of IP, Software, assets, etc, but I believe they are incidental to what is really happening. What is happening is the old protection racket - my parents lived through it in the 40's and 50's with a small store. And yes, the protection is real. Microsoft will not come after LG, Novell, Xandros, etc - just like the "boys" would not come after my parents if they singed. What I feel is wrong is the whole threat itself. Microsoft is using trumped-up Patent threats in order to secure its territory. The goal is two have two classes of Linux vendors - those with "protection" and those without. This divides the Linux world. As for the threat being real, I do not know. For the purposes of what is happening, it doesn't matter. It is the "threat of a threat" that matters. It is a "protection" racket.

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RE[5]: Breaking story...
by sappyvcv on Fri 8th Jun 2007 17:02 in reply to "RE[4]: Breaking story..."
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Were your parents paid money in exchange for something of value?

No, it's likely they have to hand over something of value for the promise not to be physically hurt and protected from other threats.

It's a poor analogy. Your parents faced threats of probably violence of livelyhood and they weren't paid anything. They also didn't likely didn't have any choice. If they didn't agree, they would face some serious consequences.

To compare these deals to that is just ridiculous and I can't believe you would do such a thing. The circumstances are quite different as well as the dynamics.

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RE[6]: Breaking story...
by archiesteel on Fri 8th Jun 2007 18:28 in reply to "RE[5]: Breaking story..."
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Actually, the fact that there is a second part to the deal does not invalidate the fact that the "patent amnesty" part is tantamount to protection.

The analogy still stands very much, despite the added artifice of MS buying some IP rights from LG.

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RE[6]: Breaking story...
by Fergy on Sat 9th Jun 2007 05:13 in reply to "RE[5]: Breaking story..."
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If linux violates patents linux should be able to pay up and remove the stuff. Easy. Instead they want to keep it secret and get money from everyone. With your Mafia analogy: if everybody would work together like with linux the Mafia wouldn't stand a chance. It's the way MS singles out companies instead of Linux itself that's dishonest.

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