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[2]: Almost a syllogism
by justin.68 on Fri 8th Jun 2007 19:32 UTC in reply to "Almost a syllogism"
justin.68
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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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RE[4]: Almost a syllogism
by justin.68 on Sat 9th Jun 2007 14:46 in reply to "RE[3]: Almost a syllogism"
justin.68 Member since:
2006-09-16

If you browse through the previous news posted here you should find out the link to the article yourself. It's written black on white MS is collecting money from unspecified companies using Linux, because of their mysterious patents. The news has neither been officially confirmed nor denied, which to my mind is disturbing enough. So I've been making assumptions: any company smaller than MS willing to stay in business and having nothing to trade would sooner fork out some cash rather than risk messing with MS's lawyers. There's really no choice.

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