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[News] Moody and TechDirt Respond to More Microsoft Racketeering

  • Subject: [News] Moody and TechDirt Respond to More Microsoft Racketeering
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 18:54:43 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Amazon Sells GNU/Linux down the River

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| Microsoft has consistently refused to give any 
| details of its absurd FUD about GNU/Linux 
| infringing on its patents, which is not 
| surprising, since they are likely to be 
| completely bogus and/or trivial. So Amazon is 
| showing real pusillanimity in making this 
| unnecessary deal. Shame on you, Jeff.


For those who don't know, Amazon has been filled with former Microsoft
execs for a few years now.

Amazon Has To Pay Microsoft To Use Linux?

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| While since it's a straight cross-licensing 
| deal, it doesn't sound like any money changed 
| hands, but effectively Amazon had to "pay" by 
| licensing its own patents. It does seem pretty 
| problematic, doesn't it, when a company has to 
| "pay" Microsoft (whether in cash or via 
| licenses to its own patents) just to use 
| Linux? Perhaps it's time to redefine the 
| "Microsoft tax."



Microsoft licenses out exFAT file system

,----[ Quote ]
| In February 2009, news broke that Microsoft had
| filed a patent infringement lawsuit against
| TomTom, alleging that the device maker's
| products, including some that are Linux-based,
| infringe on patents related to Microsoft's
| FAT32 filesystem. In March 2009, Microsoft and
| TomTom settled their controversial patent
| dispute, TomTom licensed the patents from
| Microsoft, and stated its intent to remove from
| its Linux kernel the code that is covered by
| the patents.


Rambus soothes EC ire with lower prices

,----[ Quote ]
| The American memory chip designer has been
| fighting allegations that it intentionally
| concealed that it had patents and patent
| applications connected to DRAM chips, which
| later became an industry standard. It's
| accused of charging abusive licensing rates
| for the technology once its "patent ambush"
| was sprung.


Intellectual Ventures' patent protection racket


Nathan Myhrvoldâs Evil Genius

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| Until recently, one of the few points Myhrvold could make in his own favor is
| that he hadnât started suing firms that declined to license his patent
| portfolio. I say âuntil recentlyâ because weâre now learning that the lawsuits
| have started. IV has begun selling off chunks of its patent portfolio to
| people like Raymond Niro with well-deserved reputations for being âpatent
| trolls.â Threatening to sell patents to a third party who will sue you is more
| subtle than threatening to sue you directly, but the threat is just as potent.
| Myhrvoldâs âsales pitchâ to prospective licensees just got a lot more
| convincing.
| The fundamental question we should be asking about this business strategy is
| how it benefits anyone other than Myhrvold and the patent bar. Remember that
| the standard policy argument for patents is that they incentivize beneficial
| research and development. Yet IVâs business model is based on the opposite
| premise: produce no innovative products, spend minimal amounts on research and
| development, and make a profit by compelling firms that are producing products
| and investing in R&D to pay up. Not only does this enrich Myhrvold at everyone
| elseâs expense, but it also reduces the incentive to innovate, because anyone
| who produces an innovative product is forced to share his profits with
| Intellectual Ventures. Patents are supposed to make innovation more
| profitable. Myhrvold is using the patent system in a way that does just the
| opposite. In thinking about how to reform the patent system, a good yardstick
| would be to look for policy changes that would tend to put Myhrvold and his
| firm out of business.

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