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[3]: Patent Infringement
by Dasher42 on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 09:00 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Patent Infringement"
Dasher42
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I'm not equating the issue of patents vs license agreements. I'm saying that using the courts to enforce legal rights is what's at stake here. Ergo, you can't support GPL licensors' ability to sue transgressors without supporting Microsoft's right; unless you're a hypocrite, that is.


Yes you can. You totally can. You are in no way constrained to say "I accept the law, all of the law, every bit of it as much as the other", and roll over for it. If everyone agreed with that, anyone who could write the law would have absolute authority, and any push to change it would be out of line no matter what. What social progress would we have?

There are obvious qualitative differences between a license agreement and a copyright, versus a dodgy patent for things as obvious as displaying a page before its background image has fully loaded.

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