Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jul 2011 14:00 UTC
Microsoft Well, paint me red and call me a girl scout, I totally did not see this one coming at all. This is so utterly surprising it made my brain explode. Hold on to your panties, because this will rock your world. After pressuring several smaller Android vendors into submission (and yes, HTC is still relatively small compared to other players), Microsoft is now moving on to the big one: Redmond is demanding $15 for every Samsung Android device sold. Samsung's choices are simple: pay up, or face another epic lawsuit.
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Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

yes, yes, yes,...

but isn't it also true that you have to pay the patent holder from the money you make with selling the product you make ?

If you don't make any money from it, do you still have to pay ?

And what I really meant was: the user installs a free OS. So it wouldn't be the hardware vendor.

Edited 2011-07-07 03:59 UTC

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unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06

As I understand it you need a licence agreement with the patent holder to use the patented technology in any way. That agreement regulates under what circumstances, and how much you need to pay.

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uggla Member since:
2011-07-06

What if the free software was created in Europe (which doesn't have software patents)?

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