Microsoft, patent infringements, and sue me first

by Jean Hollis Weber

I'm sure everyone has heard about Microsoft's patent-infringement claim against Linux and other Free and Open Source (FOSS) software, as described in Roger Parloff's 14 May article in CNNMoney.com, Microsoft takes on the free world: "Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents. It wants royalties from distributors and users. Users like you, maybe."

Various commentators include Andrew Updegrove, Elizabeth Montalbano (InfoWorld), Sun's CEO and President Jonathan Schwartz, and Groklaw, the latter quoting Eben Moglen, legal counsel to the Free Software Foundation.

Meanwhile, Christian Einfeldt (Producer, The Digital Tipping Point) started a "Sue me first, Microsoft" campaign, which quickly became known at Digg (and probably other sites; it's hard to keep up), causing such a rush on his server that it crashed.

2 Comments

Tom B
2007-05-21 07:59:35
I guess, after bankrolling SCO's ludicrous suit, they still haven't learned their lesson.


Refresh my memory: has MSFT actually invented anything? Anything at all; I'm struggling here.

TJ
2007-08-31 13:01:07
has MSFT actually invented anything?


Check out "Gary Kildall" in Wikipedia