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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Almost a syllogism
by justin.68 on Fri 8th Jun 2007 18:42 UTC
justin.68
Member since:
2006-09-16

Microsoft's new policy seems to have changed. In the past they resorted to theft, today they acquire new ideas through intimidation and extortion. If they can do that disregarding and circumventing the law, I wonder why I shouldn't support the use of pirated MS software and be an overt apologist of such practice. But basically the fact is their software has never been better than free software, so why pay for it?

Again, now that they no longer need to invest in research, because they acquire knowledge for less than a song and get cash on the nail for mysterious patents through threats, why should the consumers give them their money? Because it's ethically just?

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RE: Almost a syllogism
by sappyvcv on Fri 8th Jun 2007 18:55 in reply to "Almost a syllogism"
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

What extortion? Microsoft is paying them.

What laws are they breaking? You may find what they are doing immoral, but that does not make it illegal.

Get your facts straight.

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RE[2]: Almost a syllogism
by ubit on Fri 8th Jun 2007 18:59 in reply to "RE: Almost a syllogism"
ubit Member since:
2006-09-08

You can't pay your competition to exit a market or collude with you to raise prices.

Antitrust 101...

Edited 2007-06-08 18:59

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RE[2]: Almost a syllogism
by justin.68 on Fri 8th Jun 2007 19:32 in reply to "Almost a syllogism"
justin.68 Member since:
2006-09-16

The facts seem to be quite clear. MS claim Linux infringes some patents and nobody knows exactly what they're talking about exactly. They collect money from companies using Linux and this appears to be a fact, too. They might not be after the money all the times. In fact they have plenty of it and use different tactics when they can get something better. They approach a company using Linux and go: "Guys, get this money and give us free access to what we may find useful for our business. If you don't we might as well as burn the money on a case in court and you would have to do the same. We might not win on each point, but if we win on a couple of them you're going to lose twice and it WILL cost you a fortune".

I've not said MS is breaking the law, they are circumventing it. This isn't a business model and they didn't learn it from IBM. It's mafia style. And it's about power.

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RE[3]: Almost a syllogism
by sappyvcv on Fri 8th Jun 2007 20:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Almost a syllogism"
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

They collect money from companies using Linux and this appears to be a fact, too.

Who are they collecting money from?

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