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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Groklaw's point of view
by irbis on Tue 9th Oct 2007 20:33 UTC
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Groklaw has a detailed story on the subject too with quotes from the Ballmer speech and more:
http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20071008205138925

According to Groklaw, software patents have to go as they are the real problem. From the article:
"Reform isn't going to work, if a monopoly player is willing to misuse patents as an anticompetitive weapon. It raises antitrust issues, of course, but ideally patents need to be taken off the software table altogether. This little speech is the clearest and most obvious proof that they are being used now not for innovation, but to crush it."

Edited 2007-10-09 20:36

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