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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food for thought
by milles21 on Fri 8th Jun 2007 19:44 UTC
milles21
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2006-11-08

I am by no means a MS supporter but I have to start to wonder weather theses patent agreements contain confidential agreements. I cannot for the life of me understand how smart and successful companies are signing these agreements without being presented any info.

It could very well be that MS has something, not to say that we as the Linux community could not remove, however I think that is the reason for not announcing. I believe that there may be something infringing. MS may not want to release because they know that we would just re-write the code and remove it . Instead they would rather approach companies individually on some patent extortion tactics.

This just my guess approach the company get them to sign a license agreement strenghten the belief that the code has infringed and caused you damage, use the people who have signed the agreements as evidence of their belief in the violation.

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RE: food for thought
by twenex on Sat 9th Jun 2007 09:22 in reply to "food for thought"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

[i]I am by no means a MS supporter but I have to start to wonder weather theses patent agreements contain confidential agreements. I cannot for the life of me understand how smart and successful companies are signing these agreements without being presented any info. [i]

Because the level of trust in Microsoft is far higher than it should be (i.e. zero)?

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