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[4]: definition of extortion
by irbis on Wed 10th Oct 2007 08:27 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: definition of extortion"
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"but patent infringement lawsuits, and subsequent out of court settlements, are an extremely common occurrence in the IT industry. Just check out the settlements MS has agreed on with Sun and Novell. IBM is also well known for patent trolling."

Yeah, you are right, and I just wanted to be an optimist, although it is hard in current IP climate. I meant that Red Hat or IBM has not yet accussed that Microsoft products would be infringing their Linux-related patents, as far as I know. But they (and any others including my grandma or dog) could do that as well as Microsoft especially if no proof or facts are expected.

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