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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Extortion is a crime, Mr Ballmer
by irbis on Tue 9th Oct 2007 19:16 UTC
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Excuse me Mr. Ballmer but what intellectual property are you talking about? As far as everyone knows Linux does NOT violate any Microsoft intellectual property.

Please, could you first show what intellectual property you are talking about if you don't want to be accused of extortion?

As long as MS continues to deal with others this way, they will only drive more and more people and also existing customers away from Microsoft. People and companies are getting more and more fed up with Microsoft trying to own the whole IT business and kill all the competition and alternatives.

Yet another thing is the whole ridiculous US intellectual property and software patent system that benefits mostly only a few big companies. More and more people and companies also in the USA demand major changes to the current software patent and IP system in order for the US IT business to become a fair free market again. The way even very simple and basic software technology is patentable in the US nowadays is making the US IT business a dystopia where programmers and quality of software matters far less than lawyers, money and various sorts of extortion schemes.

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