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[5]: non-sensical article
by SReilly on Sun 14th Oct 2007 22:26 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: non-sensical article"
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You are leaving out a few facts here. You are making it seem as if the recent threats by MS were the first threats Microsoft has ever stated.

I'm afraid you're leaving out facts in this case.

I think it's safe to say that anyone who is arguing for MS being the culprit know what MS has been threatening for years. What you have left out is that, for the first time, and barely a week before this court case was filled, Balmer stated that other companies would start looking for damages concerning Linux's supposed patent infringements.

Now, taken on it's own, that statement means nothing. But if I take the whole chain of events and add them up, I'm more inclined to listen to what PJ says, even if I'm still not 100% behind her.

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