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: Remarkable
by poundsmack on Fri 8th Jun 2007 16:09 UTC in reply to "Remarkable"
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not that i am giving microsoft the benefit of the doubt but, I doubt we know whats going on in the backround of this. microsoft might not have made what pattents avalible publicly. but they did give a number of how many. meaning they probly know(assuming its not all BS). and given that they k know it wouldnt be hard for them to show companies like LG and so on. reasons for not publicaly anouncing all of them could be anywhere from being lazy, or not wanting to start an all out pattent holocaust. That would not go well at all for MS espcialy prior to the EU courts making there decision in september. I am sure a pattent war where MS would be the bad guy sparking from that would hurt them in those respects...

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RE[2]: Remarkable
by monodeldiablo on Fri 8th Jun 2007 16:36 in reply to "RE: Remarkable"
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You're missing my point. Linux is a product that LG uses. Microsoft can no more sue them for using that product than GM can sue me for driving a Toyota, regardless of the number of infringing patents.

It's as if people have abandoned reason purely out of fear. This is the textbook definition of extortion.

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RE[3]: Remarkable
by orfanum on Fri 8th Jun 2007 16:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Remarkable"
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But if GM had shown to Toyota just such a potential infringement, and a recall of said Toyota model were a result of an actual infringement of parts or mechanical processes, GM might have just pulled you up...;-)

By the way, I am not defending Microsoft, just analyzing this analogy.

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