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[3]: Breaking story...
by sappyvcv on Fri 8th Jun 2007 17:09 UTC 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[4]: Breaking story...
by archiesteel on Fri 8th Jun 2007 18:12 in reply to "RE[3]: Breaking story..."
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Not really. If it was only a matter of MS buying intellectual rights from LG, they wouldn't have included the "patent amnesty" clause. This part of the deal is clearly meant to give weight to MS's patent ploy against Linux and FOSS.

It's FUD, pure and simple.

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RE[5]: Breaking story...
by sappyvcv on Fri 8th Jun 2007 18:47 in reply to "RE[4]: Breaking story..."
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

The fact is that it gives LG amnesty, nothing more. Anything else is speculation.

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