Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Mar 2011 22:52 UTC, submitted by ephracis
Legal Since competing on merit is looked down upon in the computer and software world, companies in this business usually go for the blindfolded chick with the scale and sword. Up until recently, Microsoft didn't go for the whole patent litigation thing, but now that they've tasted some, they want more. They just sued Barnes & Noble, Foxconn, and Inventec for patent infringement because they use Android.
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RE[4]: Patent Infringement
by lemur2 on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 00:44 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Patent Infringement"
lemur2
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You are not equating the issue of patents vs license agreements, but you are calling people that have no problem with copyright law, but disagree with software patent law, hypocrites. Both patent and license issues in this case, and your example, are using the courts to enforce legal rights, but you are refusing to accept that people can agree with copyright law and disagree with patent law. You ARE comparing apples and oranges. Though both use The Law and The Courts to enforce their rights, one is routed in copyright, and one in patent law.


You could also point out that Microsoft doesn't have any rights over code which Microsoft did not write, code which implements obvious ideas with plenty of prior art.

FOSS authors, OTOH, do have rights over code that they did write. FOSS authors do not try to extract rents in any event.

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