Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:14 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Microsoft Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has warned users of Red Hat Linux that they will have to pay Microsoft for its intellectual property. "People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to compensate us," Ballmer said last week at a company event in London discussing online services in the UK.
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RE[2]: Good Lord
by amadensor on Tue 9th Oct 2007 17:28 UTC in reply to "RE: Good Lord"
amadensor
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2006-04-10

Actually they often do not. Many users of Microsoft SQL Server (I believe the 2000 version) were sued and lost on a patent infringement case.

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RE[3]: Good Lord
by wirespot on Wed 10th Oct 2007 15:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Good Lord"
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2006-06-21

Many users of Microsoft SQL Server (I believe the 2000 version) were sued and lost on a patent infringement case.


I honestly don't see how that would happen. How is a user supposed to know what patents (if any) the software he's using infringes? And even if he does, why is it his problem? It should be the manufacturer's problem.

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RE[4]: Good Lord
by elsewhere on Wed 10th Oct 2007 19:16 in reply to "RE[3]: Good Lord"
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2005-07-13

I honestly don't see how that would happen. How is a user supposed to know what patents (if any) the software he's using infringes? And even if he does, why is it his problem? It should be the manufacturer's problem.


You're making a rational assumption about an increasingly irrational situation. Unlike copyright laws, patent laws restrict the use of a patented technology, not just manufacturing and distribution.

That's why vendors offer indemnity, and many enterprise/institutional organizations require indemnity as a condition of sale for the software/hardware they purchase.

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