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[News] Microsoft Releases Sofwtare Patents Propaganda Book

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Microsoft IP Chief's new tell-all doesn't tell all that much

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| While Microsoft may not have directly funded this book, it gave the authors 
| access to its execs — everyone from Gates to Senior VP and General Counsel 
| Brad Smith, to a number of Microsoft public-relations folks. Phelps still 
| works at Microsoft as Corporate Vice President for IP Policy. So calling this 
| book “unauthorized” is quite a stretch.    
| [...]
| I haven’t read the full 186 pages of The Ships yet. But what I’ve skimmed so 
| far makes me feel like I’m reading yet another Microsoft white paper or press 
| release, not any kind of a behind-the-scenes tell-all. I’d be interested in 
| hearing how some of the OEMs and other licensees of Microsoft’s patents feel 
| about the way the authors characterize the IP licensing deals mentioned in 
| the book….     



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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