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]: Almost a syllogism
by justin.68 on Sat 9th Jun 2007 14:46 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Almost a syllogism"
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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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