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Proprietary giant is licensing open source to its partners. What is going on?

Over the past few weeks Microsoft has been licensing Linux to a number of its partners, most notably Amazon. Although the idea of Microsoft, a company steeped in proprietary software, licensing open source software is ludicrous it's not completely unexpected. It's also not the first time Microsoft has played the Linux patent game and we can expect to see more deals in the future. So what's going on?

Back in 2007 Microsoft stirred up the open source community by claiming that Linux infringed on more than 200 of its patents. Although the specific patents were never actually revealed it was enough to stir emotions and kickstart a campaign in which Microsoft planned to sow fear, uncertainty and doubt among corporate users.

Last year Microsoft sued TomTom, the GPS maker, claiming it infringed on Microsoft's patents with its implementation of the Linux kernel in its devices.

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FTA: "It's a clever strategy by Microsoft and one...."

It's not a clever strategy, it's racketeering and it's illegal. It should be reported by vendors like Red Hat as it violates laws introduced by the RICO Act.

Software patents

Microsoft is correct to license their patents for profit(

Software patents are not valid where I live. And for good reasons! I know Japan is one among the very few countries that made the mistake of allowing software patents. I don't know about China, but in some ways I admire their approach towards intellectual monopolies, which make monopolies, censorship, classes, bogus DMCA takedowns, and so on. Big mess, ACTA exacerbates things.


Copyrights protect software rights.

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