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]: Worth watching
by kosmonaut on Mon 15th Oct 2007 15:38 UTC
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It will definitely not bring about any change if Red Hat settles out of court.

Yest, it will make a difference because Red Hat would be validating software patents by paying Dane Geld (=bogus IP money) and this will open the floodgates for other patent trolls to attack other distributors and also for Microsoft & friends spreading more FUD worldwide and doubling their efforts to export the corrupt US patent
legal regime elsewhere in the world.
This would also wipe out of the market smaller distros that cannot pay the Dane Geld as well as the community-driven distros.

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