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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Patent protection
by acobar on Sun 14th Oct 2007 23:41 UTC
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Thorn, can you explain why do you think that the "outcome of the lawsuit could declare Novell safe from infringement, proving to the world the patent protection given by Microsoft to Novell actually makes sense." is in any way related to your points as, in theory, the IP trolls are not related to Microsoft?

Also, lets not forget that only in "Right Theory" someone is "innocent until proven the opposite" as there are many instances where, depending on the type of the crime, restrictions can be applied, even if only for limited time (by your accounting it should never happen).

Yes, Microsoft can be behind this "pawn action", they have the "motives" and the "personality" but by now it is just a suspicion, even if a very strong one. Fact is, until proves surface, everybody here is justing emitting their opinions, and as we know, there are opinions and there is knowledge, and they are not the same thing.

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