BoycottNovell: Patents Roundup: Software Landmines in New Zealand, the US, and Microsoft/Linux
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 13 Jul 2009 11:21
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
In our humble assessment, the Peer-To-Patent initiative was looking for volunteers to legitimise software patents. It is an example where the real issue is approached inadequately and handled poorly. Some time earlier this month someone advertised a blog that would list a Microsoft patent per day — one that Linux may infringe on — and then seek to invalidate it. As many people rightly pointed out, this was a tactless approach that only encouraged more uncertainty - not confidence - in Linux. For whatever effect it may have, we have also been critics of "Linux Defenders" and TomTom was proof that OIN may just be a massive toothless tiger.
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