Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 10:32 UTC
Google And so the story regarding Android supposedly violating the GPL continues. Linus Torvalds has responded to the story in his usual straightforward manner - he thinks it's "totally bogus". In the meantime, Groklaw - not exactly my favourite place but alas, good points are good points - found out that the IP lawyer who started this story, Edward Naughton, used to be a lawyer for Microsoft in dozens of cases, a fact he tried to erase from his online resume.
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RE[4]: Six degrees
by vaette on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 19:16 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Six degrees"
vaette
Member since:
2008-08-09

Hey, I don't have to call it a conspiracy theory if you prefer, as long as osnews is honest enough to actually say what they mean themselves rather than implying things. An equally valid interpretation is that Microsoft requested not to be listed in his CV since they didn't want to be associated with the current stupidity.

Overall I have very little interest in the actual news story personally, but as a long-time reader of osnews I do want to point it out when I see what I consider poor journalistic practice.

Other than that, six degrees of separation is a well known concept, and the guy has never been directly employed by Microsoft, he works at Brown Rudnick.

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RE[5]: Six degrees
by olefiver on Wed 23rd Mar 2011 01:07 in reply to "RE[4]: Six degrees"
olefiver Member since:
2008-04-04

IANAL, but I fail to see how a firm could stipulate any form of work agreement that would require the employee or consultant or whatever to withhold prior work in his CV.

But the prior work situation regarding Edward Naughton seems to be between two firms.

Here's a quote from groklaw:

The lawyer who wrote about the header files, Edward Naughton, has a bio page at his law firm. Today it looks like this. But he recently changed it, stripping out the name Microsoft from his bio and replacing it with "a Fortune 50 software company".
YES, Edward Naughton was never directly employed by Microsoft, but he do seem to have represented MS through Brown Rudnick.

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RE[5]: Six degrees
by allanregistos on Wed 23rd Mar 2011 01:22 in reply to "RE[4]: Six degrees"
allanregistos Member since:
2011-02-10

Hey, I don't have to call it a conspiracy theory if you prefer, as long as osnews is honest enough to actually say what they mean themselves rather than implying things. An equally valid interpretation is that Microsoft requested not to be listed in his CV since they didn't want to be associated with the current stupidity.

Your a double standard. You accuse the author of "implying things" while also suggesting "an equally valid interpretation" is also possible "WHERE" your "equally valid interpretation" falls into the same "implied things" in which you are the accuser. Which means you will do also what the author have done: "implying things" and your version is favorable to Microsoft.

Please prove me wrong. I mean, you are suggesting that the author must also do the exact opposite of his opinion by implying that it is possible for Microsoft to ask the lawyer to remove the name Microsoft on his bio. But alas, this is "his" bio, and he must be free enough to quote any company he associated with in the past. I think it is possible for MS to do that "request" but with the recent events, if you were right in your "equally valid interpretation" then it is close to a "conspiracy theory" to scare Android device manufacturers.

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RE[6]: Six degrees
by vaette on Wed 23rd Mar 2011 08:23 in reply to "RE[5]: Six degrees"
vaette Member since:
2008-08-09

You are misreading my post and trying to rope me into the debate that I don't really care much about. I have no interest in the correctness of the first idea everyone jumped to, but which osnews is too cowardly to state themselves, is incorrect or not. There may exist other ways to read the facts, but the possibilities and probabilities are not what is important.

If anything, if this is indicative of Microsoft involvement with any great probability all the more reason for osnews to say what they mean rather than employ cheap tabloid tactics.

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