Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Oct 2007 15:12 UTC
Legal This week's 'big' news on OSNews was about software patents. You know, those things that say you cannot stack four pixels on top of one another unless you pay money to the guy who invented four-pixel-stacks (or the guy who bought the guy who invented four-pixel-stacks). A company called IP Innovation, LLC, has sued Novell and Red Hat for infringement of the company's IP portfolio. Software patents are of course generally completely ridiculous, so I will not focus on that here. I want to focus on something else.
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Worth watching
by Adurbe on Sun 14th Oct 2007 16:31 UTC
Adurbe
Member since:
2005-07-06

How Microsoft play this will set the precedent for patents against linux and open source in general

Will they intervene to stop patent madness? (to which they are also susceptible)

Or will they let an 'ally' fall? crushing opensource in the process (no business will touch open software if they think it will get them sued, it would be worth paying for proprietary to avoid a direct legal battle)

the second option would also ensure their monopoly survives..

edit: crushing open source IN BUSINESS

Edited 2007-10-14 16:32

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RE: Worth watching
by google_ninja on Sun 14th Oct 2007 17:33 in reply to "Worth watching"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

I don't really think this is quite as apocolyptic as you seem to think, if RH loses all it means is that they are succeptible like every other technology company on the face of the planet.

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RE[2]: Worth watching
by wirespot on Sun 14th Oct 2007 21:48 in reply to "RE: Worth watching"
wirespot Member since:
2006-06-21

There's very little chance of Red Hat losing, IMHO. Because if they do it means screwing up a lot of things that are genuinely valuable to a lot of people. This includes genuine innovation and yes, even business interests. I think there's enough combined power that doesn't want that to stop even Microsoft.

Assuming for a second RH does lose, the biggest real loser is the US and every business and software user abiding by its laws. Because at the core, this case is about software patents against FOSS. This is the catalyst that will finally prompt the US to choose.

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RE: Worth watching
by wirespot on Sun 14th Oct 2007 21:41 in reply to "Worth watching"
wirespot Member since:
2006-06-21

Ballmer already indicated how he (and Microsoft) think software patents should be handled. That is, to pay up every time someone comes in with a claim for one at your door.

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RE[2]: Worth watching
by wakeupneo on Mon 15th Oct 2007 07:50 in reply to "RE: Worth watching"
wakeupneo Member since:
2005-07-06

Hmm....what's their address again?

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