Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Oct 2010 18:02 UTC, submitted by viator
Legal If you can't compete, litigate. This train of thought has been quite prevalent among major technology companies as of late, most notably by Apple and Microsoft, who both cannot compete with Android on merit, so they have to resort to patent lawsuits and FUD. Both Asustek and Acer have revealed that Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees upon the two Taiwanese hardware makers to prevent them from shipping Android and/or Chrome OS devices.
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anti-competitive
by Soulbender on Thu 28th Oct 2010 18:29 UTC
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2005-08-18

I'm sure there's some kind of law against this kind of thing. Right? Isn't the free market supposed to be about competition and innovation? You know, prices drop and uncompetitive products gets obsoleted, all for the better for the consumer.
With this kind of shit we might as well live in the former soviet union or north korea. Heck, not much difference if the jackboot heel belong to the government or some corporation.

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RE: anti-competitive
by fretinator on Thu 28th Oct 2010 19:28 in reply to "anti-competitive"
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2005-07-06

I think the confusion centers around the term "free market". To many, that means everyone being able to compete equally based on the merits of their products. However, currently, it means the government closes their eyes and lets the big players do whatever they can to corner the market, including abusing the broken patent system.

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RE[2]: anti-competitive
by fretinator on Thu 28th Oct 2010 21:17 in reply to "RE: anti-competitive"
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2005-07-06

Sometimes it is the way you use a term that matters.

For instance, one might say, "We are not charging for this product, it is 'free for all'".

On the other hand, one might say, "The judges in the Federal Eastern District of Texas, whose noses are firmly planted between the buttocks of big business, have created a 'free-for-all'".

It's all about how you use the term.

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RE: anti-competitive
by kristoph on Fri 29th Oct 2010 18:14 in reply to "anti-competitive"
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2006-01-01

I'm sure there's some kind of law against this kind of thing. Right?


No there is not. In fact, patent law is on the side of Microsoft here.

With this kind of shit we might as well live in the former soviet union or north korea. Heck, not much difference if the jackboot heel belong to the government or some corporation.


Actually, in the 'former soviet union', china, and many other less then democratic places patent and copyright laws are either lax or not enforced or both. It's really in the countries that are the bastion of democracy where this stuff happens.

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