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[Fsfe-uk] Re: swpat
[Fsfe-uk] Re: swpat
Sat, 30 Aug 2003 16:58:24 +0100
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Alex Hudson wrote:
On Sat, 2003-08-30 at 03:22, Ramanan Selvaratnam wrote:
Ah! Just saw this! I was not aware that IBM struck back with WMD (the
article is not clear enought on this)
Yup. I also saw somewhere (l'Inq, I think) that because SCO had filed
their copyrights after they filed the litigation, that their damages are
strictly limited to $150,000 or somesuch. If that's the case, they're
going to be paying IBM a large wodge of money in patent fees even if
they are shown to be 100% right. Whoops..
A clear contemporary revelation of the dangers of a software patent regime?
There is a better one than that out there - Microsoft recently had a
decision against them in the Eolas case.
My thinking was that the alleged news that IBM has deployed (?) software
patents as a strategic defensive mechanism over an unrelated copyright
dispute might throw light on the players and silent victims of the
I felt this critique does not consider the important fallout effect from
court battles (as above) between big businesses affecting SMEs.
If it does then it is not clear enough.
Something to teamup with the authors and present more clearly?
Further, have a look at the the citation  ...authored by IBM!
'To this end, the Commission jeopardized its reputation for objectivity
by awarding a large contract to IBM, a company with a uniquely
voluminous portfolio and a famously aggressive licensing program, to
make recommendations on how national patent offices should promote
Bewarned 225 pages of headache!
A quick browse through the 'recommended improovements' features SME
without consideration for economic realities as pointed out by the above
critique by eminent economists.
Re: [Fsfe-uk] BBC Article about Linux SCO and Copyrights - BBC calls for statements (fwd), Ramanan Selvaratnam, 2003/08/29