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Re: eBay to close Skype?

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____/ bbgruff on Friday 31 July 2009 11:35 : \____

> It would seem that:-
> - "The online auction powerhouse bought Skype from entrepreneurs Niklas
> Zennstrom and Janus Friis for $US2.6 billion in 2005, but this did not
> include a core piece of peer-to-peer communications technology that powers
> the software"
> - "eBay has since been licensing the technology from the founders’ new
> company, Joltid, but the pair recently decided to revoke the licensing
> agreement"
> - "The matter is now the subject of a legal battle in the English High Court
> of Justice, with eBay trying to force Joltid to let it continue using the
> technology"
> I've not the slightest idea why it is coming up in the Engish High Court
> (can somebody explain?).
> I must admit that the first thought that crossed my mind was "pity it's not
> OSS" though.  Indeed, if licences can be revoked like this, perhaps it's
> time for everybody from individuals to governments, to be looking at the
> proprietary software upon which they depend?

GNU/Linux has lots of SIP applications that are Free software, so it's not a
major risk.

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