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[News] Industry's Biggest Software Thief (Microsoft) Faces Wrath of IBM's Linux Patent Pools

  • Subject: [News] Industry's Biggest Software Thief (Microsoft) Faces Wrath of IBM's Linux Patent Pools
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 00:18:33 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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The warning sound of TomTom

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| But those were the days when Bill Gates could say that software patents had 
| the potential to put the industry at "a complete standstill" and with good 
| reason. If the sort of protection Microsoft now claims for itself had been 
| available to CP/M then, Microsoft would never have created its monopoly, nor 
| amassed a fraction of its power.    
| Now it has, the rules have changed. Microsoft is perfectly happy, while 
| proclaiming openness and interoperability, to find a company in dire 
| financial straits and then threaten it with expensive legal action over what 
| any self-respecting programmer would identify as a hackish kludge--something 
| that advances the art of computer software not one bit.    


The Eco-Patent Commons has momentum

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| The Eco-Patent Commons was launched in January 2008 with the participation of 
| Nokia, Pitney Bowes, and Sony, in addition to IBM. 
| Later Bosh, Dupont, and Xerox joined, and today WBCSD announced that Ricoh 
| and Taisei joined the commons and Dupont contributed more patents. 



TomTom countersues Microsoft in patent dispute

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| TomTom has responded to Microsoft's patent suit by filing a patent claim of
| its own against the software maker.
| The GPS device maker, based in the Netherlands, filed the countersuit in the
| U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Thursday.


TomTom Linux impact light hit so far

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| I don’t necessarily see the same effect from the TomTom suit since, at least
| publicly, Microsoft is not making the case that it is Linux on the line. I
| can report that there does not seem to be any slowdown or hesitation in the
| embrace of Linux for embedded devices. Perhaps that is the reason that
| Microsoft has chosen to play down any implications for Linux and open source,
| rather than puff them up as it has done in the past. If Microsoft or anyone
| else challenges the IP integrity of the Linux OS, it is likely to reinforce
| the idea that the open source software is legitimate, licensed, covered by
| copyright, and absolutely appropriate for enterprise, embedded and other
| commercial uses, at least that’s what history tells us.


Experts: Microsoft's FAT licensing terms might violate GPL

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| Under the original FAT licensing program, pricing was US$0.25 per unit with a
| cap on total royalties of $250,000 per manufacturer, according to what had
| been posted on Microsoft’s website from 2003 to July 2006. A Microsoft
| spokesperson could not explain why they were removed or whether those terms
| were applicable to the 18 agreements outlined in the lawsuit.


Microsoft sues TomTom over FAT patents

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| The underlying strategy is very obvious: Make those patent licenses high
| enough to reduce the cost advantage of a Linux based OS over Windows CE and
| thereby demotivate companies from using Linux in the embedded world.
| This has so far happened behind closed doors, but if you google you can find
| a couple of strange press releases of Asian companies buying into those MS
| patent deals for Linux.
| [...]
| I myself, as well as numerous other people in the Free and Open Source world
| are asking themselves how this legal action fits into the
| Microsoft-proclaimed Free Software friendly strategy. As you can see now,
| that was nothing but vapor.

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