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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That was a wacky interpretation of copyright that doesn't sync with other plagiarism defenses. Not only that but it did not follow through on material slander defense by calling forfeit on patents Ballmer might claim if he does not enter suit and proper claim in 50 days. I would cite law but prefer: 'Kick butt, lose tablets.'

It might make sense in some country in which Microsoft does business though! Chinese (PRC) courts, right? I mean there, the fact that UI defects and cluelessness have been copied outside of parody could be very serious punitive items. Then where would our desire to serve oppressive regimes as HALO soldiers be?

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