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[6]: Breaking story...
by archiesteel on Fri 8th Jun 2007 18:28 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Breaking story..."
archiesteel
Member since:
2005-07-02

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[7]: Breaking story...
by sappyvcv on Fri 8th Jun 2007 18:51 in reply to "RE[6]: Breaking story..."
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

No, it doesn't stand because it is a false analogy.

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RE[8]: Breaking story...
by archiesteel on Fri 8th Jun 2007 19:21 in reply to "RE[7]: Breaking story..."
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

It does stand, because it's not a false analogy. MS offers protection from litigation through these deals. By getting companies to sign on, they hope to gain credibility for their FUD.

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