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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RE: Monopolist
by google_ninja on Sun 14th Oct 2007 17:28 UTC in reply to "Monopolist"
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His point was that there is no real evidence of a microsoft connection, even though it seems to almost be taken as fact by alot of people on the net, and that groklaws findings are really quite flimsy.

The way I see it is that there is a chance that MS caught wind of what the company was doing, and paid them to go after RH next. That chance isnt really based on proof, but more on the fact that MS can't really sue (as Thom pointed out), and that they do really want to (as Ballmer seems to indicate every time he opens his mouth nowadays). This would put MS in more of an opertunistic role, rather then a conspiratorial mastermind role that groklaw seems to be set on. But even that is completely based on conjecture and not on facts, and could be completely wrong. To go further then that is really going outside the realm of reason. A litigation company litigating after one of the many times in the last few years that MS has rattled the old patent sabre could very well just be coincidence.

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