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[4]: sweet.
by twenex on Sat 9th Jun 2007 09:21 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: sweet."
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[i]Earth. You might like it. I repeat: Microsoft is not selling protection. To sell protection, you have to offer said protection in exchange for money. This is not the case. [i]

FYI, money changed hands in the MS/Novell deal (and in the Novell -> Microsoft direction, too). Ooh, sounds like a protection racket to me - on Earth or any other planet.

Besides, "sign this agreement and we'll protect you" is as much a "protection racket" as exchanging money for same, if the alternative is to be sued out of existence on some dubious evidence. Just to be clear, this isn't "insurance" because insurers don't say "buy our house insurance or we'll huff, and we'll puff, and we'll knock your house down."

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