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____/ Hardon on Tuesday 20 Sep 2011 21:30 : \____
> In the latest news from the tech world's ongoing global hunt to find
> someone to sue over/deal with on patents, Microsoft has signed a
> licensing agreement with Casio.
> The "broad, multiyear" contract, which neither party will put a price
> to, will help protect Casio devices that use Linux. While Linux is
> supposed to be open source, Microsoft has claimed since 2007 that more
> than 235 of its patents are violated by the project.
> In the last four years, the software giant has been quietly
> threatening legal action for any Linux-using company that refuses to
> sign patent deals with it. Amazon, Novell, Linspire, TurboLinux and
> Xandros have all put their X on the dotted line. Others, like satnav
> maker TomTom, ended up in court, but eventually settled.
It's likely just FAT. Microsoft would love to make it seem more intimidating
than it ought to be, Antitrust regulators must demand the details and
investigate (RICO Act).
~~ Best of wishes
Dr. Roy S. Schestowitz (Ph.D. Medical Biophysics), Imaging Researcher
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