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[7]: Breaking story...
by sappyvcv on Fri 8th Jun 2007 18:51 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Breaking story..."
sappyvcv
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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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RE[9]: Breaking story...
by sappyvcv on Fri 8th Jun 2007 20:33 in reply to "RE[8]: Breaking story..."
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

But that's not analogous to the Mafia extorting money from Mom&Pop shops for protection, since in this case Microsoft is the one handing over the money. Not to mention the lack of violence and threats of livelyhood.

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