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Ballmer Claims Red Hat Violates Microsoft IP


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Microsoft CEO says Red Hat Linux uses intellectual property owned by Microsoft and that Red Hat's customers should pay Microsoft for it.

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Is M$ Intellectual Property an oxymoron?

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Microsoft CEO says Red Hat Linux uses intellectual property owned by Microsoft and that Red Hat's customers should pay Microsoft for it.

Well no, it sounds like Red Hat should pay Microsoft... Which of course would come from the customers eventually...
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Costs are usually passed onto the consumers/users in some form or another. That's a given in life!

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More from infoworld.com:


"People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation eventually to compensate us," Ballmer stated, according to news reports and a video of his remarks posted online.

Asked for comment, Red Hat reiterated its position that its customers are protected from liability by its Open Source Assurance Program, which includes "indemnification against claims raised by any holder of software patents," according to information on Red Hat's Web site.


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Heck, Microsoft made a patent on the double click, so I won't be surprised if they sue Red Hat for developing, say, near the air which Microsoft employees breathed.
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