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: Very predictable
by tyrione on Tue 9th Oct 2007 17:54 UTC in reply to "Very predictable"
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I find the one quite peculiar seeing as Sun was paid $2 Billion in IP violations and more by Microsoft [correct me if I'm wrong] so if there were so many violations you'd think Microsoft would have hammered out a different deal with Sun.

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RE[2]: Very predictable
by DigitalAxis on Wed 10th Oct 2007 03:36 in reply to "RE: Very predictable"
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If you believe Wikipedia, Microsoft has all kinds of covenants not to sue, even with Sun.

The patent 'landscape', if you will, is a World War I style powderkeg. Either it's defused via legislation restricting software patents and overturning existing ones, or it'll eventually blow up. I don't think ANYONE wants to see that happen, because the only ones who win will be everyone outside the USA who don't have to obey US patent laws.

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RE[3]: Very predictable
by wirespot on Wed 10th Oct 2007 15:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Very predictable"
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The patent 'landscape', if you will, is a World War I style powderkeg.

I'd rather compare it to the atomic bomb. All the big powers have one (patent portfolio) and nobody dares to use theirs full blown, because nobody would survive the counter-strikes.

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