Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Nov 2013 17:24 UTC
Legal

Apple, Microsoft, and others, a little over a month ago in a letter to the EU, warning that the EU's new proposed unified patent law could lead to more patent trolling:

To mitigate the potential for abuses of such power, courts should be guided by principles set forth in the rules of procedure to assess proportionality prior to granting injunctions. And PAEs should not be allowed to use injunctions for the sole purpose of extracting excessive royalties from operating companies that fear business disruption.

Yesterday:

A new front opened today in the patent wars between large technology companies, as a consortium that owns thousands of patents from the Nortel bankruptcy auction filed suit against Google and other manufacturers alleging infringement. Rockstar, which is owned jointly by Apple, Blackberry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony, filed suit in US District Court in Texas. In addition to Google, the consortium has alleged infringement by Asus, HTC, Huawei, LG, Pantech, Samsung, and ZTE.

They're not just scumbags - they are lying scumbags.

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jockm
Member since:
2012-12-22

In which case the two quotes speak for themselves. I don't wan't Thom's opinion, I want to make up my own. The same with his "I told you they were patent trolls" comment in a previous story.

If OSNews is to be Thom's personal soapbox, then I want no part of it. It just feels like OSNews lost its way.

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TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

To be fair, every news site, tv news anchor, and pretty much every other source of information has an opinion attached to it. Thom does nothing to hide that its his opinion. And since he is the editor, its his choice as to the format. Why do you act like Thom shouldn't put his opinion here?

Edited 2013-11-04 04:28 UTC

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jockm Member since:
2012-12-22

I disagree, traditional journalism may have an opinion in the selection of news, it is supposed to maintain an objective viewpoint, and clearly separate news and opinion.

I don't argue that it is Thom's right to do anything he wants with OSNews, I am saying it isn't a good idea. If Thom wants to write an opinion piece, then go for it and label it as such.

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