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[News] Microsoft Patents Method for Attacking Computer Users While Ignoring Patents

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft Patents Method for Attacking Computer Users While Ignoring Patents
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 09:51:33 +0100
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Microsoft patents a DRM scheme

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| SOFTWARE IMPERIALIST Microsoft has been awarded a patent 
| for a distributed DRM system that works over peer-to-peer 
| (P2P) networks.
| Patent number 7,594,275 is entitled, "Digital rights 
| management system" and uses encrypted public and private 
| keys as the licensing mechanism.


Microsoft likes software patents, unless these are used against
Microsoft in which case Microsoft happily breaks the law it lobbied for.

Microsoft protests $290m Word judgment

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| A federal judge fundamentally misinterpreted a patent 
| asserted against Microsoft Word, an error that should 
| require a $290m infringement penalty to be overturned, 
| attorneys for the software giant argued Wednesday.
| [...]
| i4i has claimed that Microsoft deliberately set out to 
| destroy its business while publicly proclaiming the two 
| were allies. Microsoft's inclusion of custom-XML editing 
| in Word from 2003 usurped its own invention and relegated 
| its patented technology from a mainstay in the mass market 
| to a niche player in the pharmaceutical industry, it has 
| said.



Another Reason To Use ODF

,----[ Quote ]
| Fast forward to today, and we learn that a company called i4i has won a
| lawsuit against Microsoft because Microsoft's use of XML -- including
| OOXML -- infringes an i4i patent. Microsoft has to pay i4i $290 million, and
| stop selling Word 2003 and Word 2007. Presumably, any product supporting
| OOXML will need to pay royalties to i4i.
| Meanwhile, ODF does not violate the i4i patent. (i4i has "looked at
| OpenOffice and found it doesn't infringe on its patents." OpenOffice uses
| ODF.)
| If you want your documents to be widely accessible, and remain accessible,
| you should use Open Document Format.


i4i tells its side of the story: Microsoft ruined our business

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