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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useless artcle
by trenchsol on Mon 15th Oct 2007 09:13 UTC
trenchsol
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2006-12-07

It is completely irrelevant whether the patents are good or bad, or which company is behind it. The patents are the part of the legal system in USA, Japan, and some other countries.

If the Linux vendors don't deal with it, then Linux users will have to.

If the patents are valid, vendors will have to pay. All the money they have got may come from their customers only.

What will that mean to Linux ?

Will the vendors charge paying customers more, or will they charge all users ?

There could be more patent issues tomorrow, how to deal with them ?

Boycott this and that, signing vain petitions, and bitching on public forums, those are not the answers.

Those are the relevant questions.

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