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[4]: Monopolist
by Havin_it on Mon 15th Oct 2007 16:55 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Monopolist"
Havin_it
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*If* Novell settle out-of-court for a derisory sum in compensation, plus an equally piddling (or nonexistent) ongoing licensing fee*, I'll have some time for this point of view.

In the meantime, it's nothing but speculation; we can cut it away with Ockham's razor and we're left with the perfectly reasonable assumption that a greedy IP troll -- with no sinister master lurking in the shadows -- is rattling a few cages.

(* although if it's really a fix, why not go to court, have Novell "throw the fight" and demand an agreed (not too severe) sum in damages? A judgement would be a lot more useful in going after the other Linux players, irrespective of size)

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