Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Nov 2013 10:04 UTC, submitted by mbpark
Microsoft

Microsoft is generating $2 billion per year in revenue from Android patent royalties, says Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund in a new note on the company.

He estimates that the Android revenue has a 95% margin, so it's pretty much all profit.

This money, says Sherlund, helps Microsoft hide the fact that its mobile and Xbox groups are burning serious cash.

Microsoft has not written a single line of Android code, yet rakes in the profits through scummy software patents. Crime does pay.

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RE: Crime does pay ?
by bentoo on Thu 7th Nov 2013 20:06 UTC in reply to "Crime does pay ?"
bentoo
Member since:
2012-09-21

Funny how it IS NOT ILLEGAL but you and Thom label it as "crime" simply because you don't like the system. Don't hate the player... Google plays the same game. Just not as well:

http://www.fosspatents.com/2011/10/google-scores-own-goal-google-fu...

Edited 2013-11-07 20:06 UTC

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RE[2]: Crime does pay ?
by Kochise on Thu 7th Nov 2013 21:53 in reply to "RE: Crime does pay ?"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Well, we're not speaking about Google, currently is how much Microsoft enjoy its strategic move without people gaining anything. I know Microsoft aren't philanthropic people, but the way they enforce their position is sad.

Kochise

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RE[2]: Crime does pay ?
by Delgarde on Thu 7th Nov 2013 22:21 in reply to "RE: Crime does pay ?"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

Agreed... calling this kind of thing a crime misses the point - it's *not* a crime, it's just the inevitable (and totally legal) outcome of a badly broken patent system.

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RE[2]: Crime does pay ?
by l3v1 on Fri 8th Nov 2013 06:40 in reply to "RE: Crime does pay ?"
l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

Citing fosspatents? Really? Oh man, we're in trouble.

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RE[2]: Crime does pay ?
by HappyGod on Fri 8th Nov 2013 07:36 in reply to "RE: Crime does pay ?"
HappyGod Member since:
2005-10-19

While I am definitely not saying the following is a like-for-like example, it's useful to note that the genocide of Jews in Nazi Germany was technically legal at the time.

Yet the perpetrators eventually found themselves facing war-crimes charges for their actions.

I use the example only to demonstrate that simply because something is legal, does not mean it isn't a crime.

I would argue that the stand-over tactics being used by all the companies concerned could be considered criminal, only nobody has challenged it in court yet.

It's just going to take someone growing a set and digging their heels in. Only problem is that all the companies with the means to do that are contributing to the problem.

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RE[3]: Crime does pay ?
by unclefester on Fri 8th Nov 2013 08:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Crime does pay ?"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

...it's useful to note that the genocide of Jews in Nazi Germany was technically legal at the time.


Not true. Jews were deported to other countries such as Poland to be executed. No death camps existed in Germany. The systematic execution of Jews and other persecuted minorities occurred in relative secrecy. It was never mentioned directly in official documents and was never codified into law.

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