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Apple is the new open source villain

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I wouldn’t be so unequivocal in that headline except for the source.

It’s an in-depth analysis from Florian Mueller, whose FOSSPatents remains fiercely opposed to all software patents. It’s something of a follow-up to a May piece in which he considered the idea of a Fair Troll.

Microsoft is not yet a fair troll, Mueller writes. But it’s better than some.

“The idea of a ‘fair troll’ is about not using patents at all against those who commit to purely defensive use as well.” Microsoft is only fair to those who, like it, believe in software patents, he said.

That being said, the news here is that Mueller no longer things Microsoft to be acting as a troll at all:

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