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[5]: Breaking story...
by sappyvcv on Fri 8th Jun 2007 18:47 UTC 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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RE[6]: Breaking story...
by ubit on Fri 8th Jun 2007 19:14 in reply to "RE[5]: Breaking story..."
ubit Member since:
2006-09-08

If it deals with GPLv2 sofware, then that patent license doesn't apply to them distributing Linux as well as paying money to MS for use of Linux, or else they run into Section 7 trouble, don't they? And then they can't use GPLv3 software (as the draft currently stands) unless they change the discriminatory patent license's terms as they apply to GPLv3 software.

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RE[6]: Breaking story...
by archiesteel on Fri 8th Jun 2007 19:18 in reply to "RE[5]: Breaking story..."
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

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


And that's exactly the point.

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