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.
Thread beginning with comment 246443
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: Breaking story...
by Phloptical on Fri 8th Jun 2007 22:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Breaking story..."
Phloptical
Member since:
2006-10-10

Uhh, but it is...actually. Threats...promises...what's the difference, the end result? Microsoft is benefiting, albeit freely, from LG's IP. That would be akin to being paid for items/services they don't own (ie. protection money).

You really need to watch some mob shows to see how this thing is done properly.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[3]: Breaking story...
by sappyvcv on Fri 8th Jun 2007 23:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Breaking story..."
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

Threats and promises are quite different actually. Microsoft is benefiting from LG's IP by PAYING FOR IT.

Reply Parent Score: 1