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Re: [News] Microsoft Goes Litigious on Software Patents

On Wed, 19 Nov 2008 12:50:22 -0500, Erik Funkenbusch wrote:

> On Wed, 19 Nov 2008 09:49:45 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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>> Microsoft Files Suit to Defend Visual Studio Users
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| Microsoft is not mentioned in any of the three complaints. However, in
>>the | suit that Microsoft filed against WebXchange, it says that the
>>charges relate | to the companies' use of Microsoft's Visual Studio
>>software. By asking the | court to declare WebXchange's patents invalid,
>>Microsoft hopes to defend its | customers FedEx, Dell and Allstate and
>>spare the thousands of other Visual | Studio users from similar suits,
>>Microsoft says. |
>>| FedEx, Dell and Allstate have already sought indemnification from
>>Microsoft, | Microsoft said in the lawsuit. Most large software makers
>>like Microsoft | indemnify their customers, meaning that if their
>>products are found to cause | harm including patent infringement, the
>>software developer will bear the | responsibility for the problems.
>> `----
>> http://www.pcworld.com/article/154014/.html?tk=rss_news
> Gee, so Microsoft is indemnifying it's customers.

Please give FULL details of the Microsoft "indemnification". 

I think its probably worthless, feel free to correct me *HERE*. Web links 
will be rejected as insufficient evidence.

>  Something that
> companies like Red Hat have refused to do.

For a good reason Wintroll.

> Microsoft is doing the right thing here,

Bullshit. It's the WRONG thing.

> yet you seem to think it's bad.

Roys not alone, the *entire* GPL community feel exactly the same way, (as 
if you didn't know).

Windows ... which of our patents will we use against you today ?

If we wish to reduce our ignorance, there are people we will
indeed listen to.  Trolls are not among those people, as trolls, more or
less by definition, *promote* ignorance.
          Kelsey Bjarnason, C.O.L.A. 2008

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