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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Looks like others think like me...
by StychoKiller on Mon 15th Oct 2007 02:56 UTC
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From a related article on the Linux Today website, found in a comment:

SCO II - The Rematch...
The movie opened up last week in blogs and newsgroups around the web. It features Ballmer playing the role of McBride - the mouth that roared! Thrill as Ballmer repeatedly makes IP claims in public. Be awed as Ballmer reports more trunk fulls of source code proving that Linux contains MS IP. Be shocked at Ballmer reports the results of work done by two MIT rocket scientists, showing line item examples of MS IP in Linux. Didio will play herself as she does yet another sales video for MS VISTA and adds comments about how "Linux has violated Acacia's IP for years." Enderle will enthrall you with his point-by-point analysis of Linux's infringements, claiming he knew about them all along. Daniel Lyons will also play himself, reporting on all the financial damage done to Acacia by depriving it of revenues lost when Linux was used without paying IP license fees, which resulted in not allowing Acacia to recoup its investments in the necessary technical research and experimentation required before bringing such a complex system to market. Lyons will also read a small part which explains why Acacia hasn't filed a patent suit against Microsoft, obscuring the fact that about everyone at Acacia except the janitors are "former" Microsoft employees or lawyers.

Be extremely bored as the remake drones on for four or five years, becomes discounted by the press, public and markets, and ends with a whimper as the case is thrown out of court just the way SCO-I was.

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