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What Does Microsoft Want From the Free World?

Discussion in 'General Affiliate Marketing Forum' started by gkd_uk, May 15, 2007.

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    Microsoft officials have claimed that free and open source software has violated at least 235 of its patents. However, the software mega-corporation has declined to name exactly which programs, developers or companies are responsible. Its only options may be to either do nothing or sue its own customers.

    Little by little, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is opening the door to the room that holds its free and open source software (FOSS) strategy . The latest sliver of light, as noted in a Fortune magazine report, reveals the claim that FOSS violates 235 of Microsoft's patents.

    As characterized by the Fortune article, Microsoft is looking to take on the FOSS world by requiring royalties from distributors and users.

    "Of the 235-odd patents out there, I'm guessing that some of them are infringed. I don't know that, but it's fairly likely," David Jenkins, a registered patent attorney with Eckert Seamans, told LinuxInsider. "It's fairly simple to infringe a patent, actually, and a person may not even be aware they are doing it."

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