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[News] A Possible SCO 2.0 versus Sun Microsystems, Patent System Goes Against the Consumer

  • Subject: [News] A Possible SCO 2.0 versus Sun Microsystems, Patent System Goes Against the Consumer
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 01:27:36 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Sun calls NetApp's blog bluff...with open source...in a blog

,----[ Quote ]
| I know nothing about the validity of either side's patent claims. Only a 
| judge (or, more likely, a settlement) will elucidate either claim. But I have 
| watched Microsoft respond to open source with patent FUD, and I'm willing to 
| believe that others will fight back in this same way. I don't know that 
| NetApp is--Hitz argues pretty persuasively that there were other reasons 
| involved--but I do believe that any company that relies on an old way of 
| selling its software needs to respond to the open-source threat.      
| Patent suits are one way to do that. An ugly, and ultimately futile way, but 
| a way nonetheless. 


NetApp + Sun = legal havoc

,----[ Quote ]
| Now, this is enough to me. I don't fucking care who is infringing whose 
| patents. It's more and more clear that patents (all kind of patents!) don't 
| do anything to the benefit of the public. They're not good for the humanity 
| at large, but only to lawyers.   
| And when you see how two major IT actors are trying to make money from 
| lawsuits instead of making profit from the technologies they're supposed to 
| develop, you have all the rights in the world to think that the current 
| Establishment is broken.   
| Because it is broken. You can see it every day with U.S.-based companies. 



Big businesses boast of patent benefits, for small businesses

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| A report published by an EU task force on intellectual property claims
| that small businesses benefit from a patent system, despite lacking
| almost any participation by the small business community.
| Instead, the report, titled IPR (intellectual property rights) for
| competitiveness and innovation, was written up almost entirely by
| large corporations and the patent industry.
| [...]
| The report does note objections from the likes of patentfrei.de and
| Sun Microsystems, which were recorded at some length in the report.
| But this does not appear to have impacted the conclusion of the
| report in any way
| [...]
| Jean-Pierre Laisne, of ObjectWeb, an open source software community,
| said that he found the report useless: participants were told that
| all their contributions would be recorded but at the end only
| those of Business Software Alliance and Microsoft were used.


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