Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Oct 2010 21:08 UTC
General Development Anyone who did not see this one coming after Microsoft's patent deal with HTC and Apple's meticulousness in avoiding Windows Mobile in its suit against HTC hasn't been paying attention. Microsoft has filed a patent complaint with the US International Trade Commission, as well as a patent lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington against Motorola over its Android-based devices.
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RE[3]: makes perfect sense
by Fettarme H-Milch on Sat 2nd Oct 2010 13:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: makes perfect sense"
Fettarme H-Milch
Member since:
2010-02-16

Why should Motorola pay Microsoft

My information about Motorola is that they are a firm supporter of software patents.
If they want other companies to respect their patents, it's only fair if they respect the ones from MS as well.
I've never seen a press release or anything by Motorola that they active fight software patents and that their refusal to license from MS is a political statement against those patents.
If that was the case, I'd fully support Motorola. But as long as I don't have different info about Moto, I merely see this as a dispute between two software patent proponents. Whoever wins doesn't matter because neither company has any plans to do lobby work for abolishing software patents.

If you have different info about Motorola, I'll revoke my comment.
Until then: Within Moto's mindset as software patent supporter, Moto should've been paying MS.

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RE[4]: makes perfect sense
by gnufreex on Sun 3rd Oct 2010 02:51 in reply to "RE[3]: makes perfect sense"
gnufreex Member since:
2010-05-06

No. Even if they are supporter of patents, free software (which android is) is incompatible with patents. If they want to pay to microsoft, they might as well stop using android and become Microsoft OEM and slave. If they pay to Microsoft and continue using Android, they should be boycotted until bankruptcy, like Novell. Only way to stop this madness is to show teeth to a bully and boycott those who don't.

Edited 2010-10-03 02:51 UTC

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Fettarme H-Milch Member since:
2010-02-16

No. Even if they are supporter of patents, free software (which android is) is incompatible with patents.

No, it's not. Except the BSD/MIT licenses, pretty much every somewhat common FOSS license handles patents in an affirmative way.
They usually say that the distributor of the FOSS code also gives a royalty-free patent license to the receiving parties.
I'm not aware of any FOSS license that prohibits the use of patented techniques.


If they want to pay to microsoft, they might as well stop using android and become Microsoft OEM and slave. If they pay to Microsoft and continue using Android, they should be boycotted until bankruptcy, like Novell. Only way to stop this madness is to show teeth to a bully and boycott those who don't.

Your argument makes no sense.
1.) You seem to only have a problem with Microsoft's involvement. You don't seem to care that Android inventor Google also owns software patents.
2.) If you want to boycott someone, boycott all software patent supporters, incl. Google.
3.) Nobody with relevance boycotts Novell. Despite Novell's open attitude towards sellout (and if I understand reports right, Novell primarily wants to get rid of the Netware branch), the company overall is healthy with cash reserves of IIRC 1 billion US dollar.
Novell is the 2nd largesst Linux distributor after Red Hat and also one of the biggest FOSS contributors.
If you want to boycott Novell, show guts and boycott every line on code that was ever written by Novell. Good luck with that....

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