Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Sep 2011 15:36 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is the biggest one yet. Microsoft's professional extortion campaign - the third side of the same triangle it shares with Apple and Oracle - has finally hit Samsung. The two companies have signed a patent licensing agreement concerning Samsung's use of Android, in which a rumoured fee of $15 (!) per device will flow from Seoul to Redmond. Not entirely coincidentally, that's about the price of a Windows Phone 7 license.
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RE: Slaves
by vitae on Thu 29th Sep 2011 00:31 UTC in reply to "Slaves"
vitae
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2006-02-20

Thing is, Microsoft is not taking its patent claims to the Linux Foundation so changes can be made, they're just shaking down smaller companies for the money and making the companies sign NDAs so nobody even knows what the problem is.

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RE[2]: Slaves
by cyrilleberger on Thu 29th Sep 2011 08:31 in reply to "RE: Slaves"
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2006-02-01

"smaller companies"... aren't we talking about samsung here ? The company that makes about three times more than Apple and Microsoft, 50% more than IBM ;)

They don't go after small companies, they go after companies who make profits, and will be able to give them money. There is no point in attacking the linux fundation, it does not have much money, it does not sell products, and they are sure to try to fight back. All it will give to MS is bad press.

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RE[3]: Slaves
by vitae on Thu 29th Sep 2011 23:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Slaves"
vitae Member since:
2006-02-20

Casio is bigger than Microsoft? They'll be so glad to hear that.

The point was that patents have been violated (allegedly), so normal procedure should be to show the Linux Foundation what the problem is, so they make changes, before threatening THEM with litigation. Instead, it's just an extra revenue source, and how convenient for Microsoft it is that their patents are being infringed upon. The Linux foundation is backed by IBM and others. Maybe that's what MS is afraid of.

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