Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Apr 2012 21:57 UTC, submitted by Drake
Legal Say what you want about Twitter - pointless, annoying, noise, useless - at least the company has its heart in the right place. Twitter just announced the Innovator's Patent Agreement, a promise not use their or their employees' patents offensively. In a world where yesterday's innovators are today's patent trolls - Apple, Microsoft, Oracle - this is a big deal.
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RE[7]: Patent troll?
by kwan_e on Wed 18th Apr 2012 11:52 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Patent troll?"
kwan_e
Member since:
2007-02-18

Microsoft hasn't sued those companies, they threaten to sue unless they license patented technology. These patents may be disputed, but most "targets" tend to license.


The mafia hasn't broken my knee caps. They only threaten to break my knee caps if I don't pay them protection money. The fairness of the relationship may be disputed, but I tend to choose the "intact knee caps" option.

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RE[8]: Patent troll?
by MOS6510 on Wed 18th Apr 2012 11:57 in reply to "RE[7]: Patent troll?"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Earlier today you doubted Thom's definition of patent troll and now you claim Microsoft isn't an American company, but an Italian crime syndicate.

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RE[9]: Patent troll?
by kwan_e on Wed 18th Apr 2012 12:56 in reply to "RE[8]: Patent troll?"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Earlier today you doubted Thom's definition of patent troll and now you claim Microsoft isn't an American company, but an Italian crime syndicate.


First, why does it matter I doubted Thom's definition? Am I not allowed to reach different conclusions.

Second, you have a comprehension problem. I wasn't claiming Microsoft is the mafia. I was demonstrating the reductio ad absurdum of your argument that because Microsoft threatens more than sues that it somehow makes it better. Because patents and licence fees are far removed from physical reality, I exposed the ridiculousness of your argument by making an analogous argument with mafiae and knee caps.

Threatening someone until the pay a licence fee is not somehow much better than suing someone for damages and licence fees.

So no, I don't think Microsoft et al are patent trolls, but they are engaging in patent troll behaviour. It's not a difficult distinction. Well, it's not difficult for someone who understands when an argument is analogous and not saying Microsoft is the mafia, so you may have problems understanding it.

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