Slash Boxes
NOTE: use Perl; is on undef hiatus. You can read content, but you can't post it. More info will be forthcoming forthcomingly.

All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

use Perl Log In

Log In

[ Create a new account ]

Journal of nicholas (3034)

Thursday September 29, 2005
05:22 AM

Imagine Microsoft embracing this...

[ #26933 ]

Take this piece of open source innovation:

If You institute patent litigation against any entity (including a cross-claim or counterclaim in a lawsuit) alleging that the Work or a Contribution incorporated within the Work constitutes direct or contributory patent infringement, then any patent licenses granted to You under this License for that Work shall terminate as of the date such litigation is filed.

Apache License 2.0, in section 3

Now, imagine the world where Microsoft decides to embrace that clause and add it to its shrink-wrap EULA. And every other vendor does likewise.

The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
More | Login | Reply
Loading... please wait.
  • Do you think that would be good or bad?
    • I don't know. When I mentioned this in the office the first comment was that Microsoft would have carte blanche to (mis)appropriate any patented software they felt like, because no-one would dare try to sue them. But thinking further the bottom feeding pond life[*] who were totally open source might continue.

      But really I'm not sure. It just creates new nukes - this time a denial of software attack. Medium term I think it only favours the really big OS vendors (who can use entirely in house products) agains

      • Yeah, I thought about it for a while and concluded that none of the currently important scenarios would be affected.

        The only significant change is that MSFT would have a weapon they could use against their own customers: if MSFT decided to sue someone, and that some was dependent on MSFT software, then they couldn’t sue back, even if they had the kind of patent portfolio and lawyer money that would usually be used to effect a cross-licensing stand-off.

        In other words, no practical difference.

        I th