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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Thugs Chant 'Intellectual' Monopoly Propaganda Against Free Software

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Thugs Chant 'Intellectual' Monopoly Propaganda Against Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2009 20:52:12 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Microsoft sends mixed patent message

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| On the one hand, Microsoft might release patents to Red Hat as part of a 
| partnership. On the other hand “Microsoft has an interest in protecting 
| intellectual property.” On the other hand it won’t sue open source on patent 
| infringements. On the other hand Microsoft has an obligation to its 
| shareholders.    


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Software patent reform needed to stop legal bullying

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| For all that, patents are weak protection. "Software patents are four times
| more likely to be litigated than patents covering an industry for which
| patents work relatively well, chemical processes," says Michael Meurer,
| professor of law at Boston University.
| But it's not just a problem for the software vendors. IT professionals have
| felt the FUD created by patent squabbles between IT vendors. Microsoft caused
| quite a stir two years ago with its patent-based threats against users of
| Linux (albeit no lawsuits ever materialized).



Sun exec accuses Microsoft of 'patent terrorism'

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| The efforts of Microsoft to pressure the Linux community over alleged and
| unspecified patents is akin to "patent terrorism", according to a local
| executive for Sun Microsystems.


Microsoft, the art of Corporate Terrorism.

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| Microsoft, no longer the technological leader in the Computer Desktop
| market, is taking on a terrorist role in its attempt remain in power
| at all costs. (see the link to the CNN story below)
| The tactic is intended to frighten current, and would be, free
| software users away from products that Microsoft just can't compete
| with. It's not a new tactic, but for the first time desperation is
| beginning to show.


Convicted Monopolist Terrorizes Software Industry

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| That headline is designed to grab your attention. Sensationalistic as
| it may be, it also happens to be true, if what you mean by 'terrorize'
| is to provoke fear.
| If you've been following the presidential race in the United States,
| you know the present crop of candidates have been exploiting the fear
| of the American people as they never have before in the history of
| the country.

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