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[News] Red Hat Says Microsoft Tried to Attack Linux by Proxy with Patents

  • Subject: [News] Red Hat Says Microsoft Tried to Attack Linux by Proxy with Patents
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 01:38:22 +0100
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Red Hat accuses Microsoft of patent FUD

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| Red Hat blogged that the patents acquired by OIN were being marketed by 
| Microsoft to
| patent trolls.
|     "It also used marketing materials that highlighted offensive uses 
|     of the patents against open source software, including a number of 
|     the most popular open source packages," Red Hat blogged. "This 
|     looked to us like a classic FUD effort. To unleash FUD, you 
|     assemble a lot of patents of uncertain value, annotate them with a 
|     roadmap for the companies and products to be targeted with the 
|     patents, put the lot in the hands of trolls schooled in patent 
|     aggression, and then stand back and wait for the FUD to spread with 
|     its chilling effect."
| The only problem with Red Hat's assertion though, is that according to 
| a comment I got late yesterday from the OIN, they didn't think the 
| actual patents were all that strong or that open source software 
| actually infringed on the patents.



How to Hijack an EU Open Source Strategy Paper

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| Others as in Microsoft and mates.
| All-in-all, the modifications to the document provide a fascinating insight
| into how lobbyists operate in their attempt to neuter threats to their
| constituencies through the shameless evisceration and outright inversion of
| content. Fortunately, when the final strategy document comes out, we will be
| able to pinpoint exactly where ACT's agenda has been inserted. Of course,
| before then we need to make the above document as widely known as possible,
| so that the relevant people at the European Union are aware of what's going
| on, and maybe even take action to prevent this gross distortion of the
| paper's purpose.
| In addition, we must ensure that Wikileaks can continue to provide its
| invaluable service. The world of openness â including open source - would be
| the poorer without it. To that end, we need to support its current call for
| funds to help it carry on its work, and I urge you to make a donation,
| however modest.

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