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New Looks like a repeat of SCOSource
It looks like Microsoft used SCO as a test bed with SCOSource, and now they are trying the same thing with some tweaks. The basic plan looks to be exactly the same, get big companies to sign up for vague and expensive license contracts without exactly explaining what is being licensed. In essence it is a fancy extortion scam, pay up for some insurance or something bad might happen.

SCO's problem was that they couldn't get anybody to take them seriously without a lawsuit first, and then they where stupid enough to target IBM rather then say RedHat. Microsoft has enough power and credibility that they can further without one. But eventually they will have to sue somebody or even managers will realize that the threat is empty.

And then their case gets hard. No matter who they go after, the big names will kick in some money to insure a good defense. And then Microsoft will have to spell out the details.

It wouldn't surprise me if Microsoft plays this to see how many companies they can get signed up without suing anybody. And then when it plays out, they just give up and move on to the next scheme. For Microsoft FUD is more useful then any real lawsuit. And as long as they don't sue they can imply they are on the verge of doing so. But once they sue and lose it is over.

Jay
New This is a clear civil RICO case
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New Its a very dangerous game
If it turns out that the Courts invalidate a good chunk of those patents...MS runs a risk of losing a big chuck of corporate value.
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     Well, now we know. It *is* going to use patent... - (folkert) - (30)
         Wow...kernel violates 42 different patents - (bepatient) - (10)
             pretty funny as well as the NT Kernel - (boxley) - (9)
                 Huh? [Insert perplexed dog picture here] -NT - (altmann) - (8)
                     here - (boxley) - (7)
                         Umm - (altmann) - (6)
                             it does, maybe I need a better source -NT - (boxley) - (5)
                                 links - (boxley)
                                 links - (boxley) - (3)
                                     Re: links - (altmann) - (2)
                                         mac osx of course sits on top of mach - (boxley) - (1)
                                             WhatEVar. - (pwhysall)
         How do you spell "irrelevant"? - (mmoffitt)
         Looks like a repeat of SCOSource - (JayMehaffey) - (2)
             This is a clear civil RICO case -NT - (boxley)
             Its a very dangerous game - (bepatient)
         To quote an idiot, "Bring it on!" - (a6l6e6x) - (4)
             xenix had a lot of good innovation -NT - (boxley) - (1)
                 Yes, but what did they do with it? -NT - (folkert)
             Don't forget Bob -NT - (jbrabeck) - (1)
                 Fortunately, I was never exposed to it. -NT - (a6l6e6x)
         No they're not. - (Andrew Grygus) - (6)
             Yes. Except... - (folkert) - (3)
                 There's only so deep they can go . . . - (Andrew Grygus) - (2)
                     That would be the OTHER Big Giant Corp not being MS... - (folkert)
                     "logic roots in weaving loom" gets 500k hits - (Ashton)
             Remember that anti-trust trumps patent - (tonytib) - (1)
                 Hasn't stopped Microsoft from Biatchin' about Samba. -NT - (folkert)
         Tim Bray (Sun employee... err yeah), in his Blog. - (folkert) - (2)
             Linus agrees - (Steve Lowe) - (1)
                 Microsoft blinked. - (folkert)

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