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Perens blasts Microsoft/Novell "protection racket"

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In a small conference room across the street from the location of Novell's BrainShare conference, free-software advocate Bruce Perens attacked Novell's patent deal with Microsoft and said that Novell was enabling Microsoft to run "a protection racket" with the threat of its patents.

Perens, a vocal opponent of the Microsoft/Novell patent deal, stated that while the arrangement was legal under the GPLv3, Novell's deal was made in "bad faith with the open-source community and [was] not moral."

More than that, though, Perens said, if the Novell-Microsoft patent deal is allowed to stand. It would take only as few as "two or three intellectual property law-suits" of open-source developers or small business at a cost of at least $5 million dollars a pop, to destroy open-source development. So, from where he sits, Novell is running a "protection racket" with "Big Mikey" as the enforcer.

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