[clug] Novell & Red Hat litigation - The start of a relentless grind? [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Roppola, Antti - BRS Antti.Roppola at brs.gov.au
Mon Oct 15 02:56:26 GMT 2007

Just as the dust begins to settle on SCO, an IP patent troll appears the
very next day
just like Steve Ballmer threatened it would.
It strikes me that established players benefit from the poisonous
atmosphere of software
patents. Despite some collateral losses (like the Eolas lawsuit), the
net gains stack up
very much in favour of sustaining the status-quo.
Are we just going to see a relentless grind of one lawsuit after
another? Will patents and
the laws that protect them continue to be refined as a barrier to
Is FOSS looking at enclosure of the digital commons?

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